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PFA banned 103 Harmful Oil and Ghee Brands

Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has banned the sale of 103 cooking oil and ghee brands in Pakistan until they qualify quality standards set by the authority. PFA is a provincial food regulatory body of Punjab. 

PFA team collected 317 samples of edible oil and ghee from the market and the results were gauged on the basis of blind sampling before the company representatives. 211 brands meet the quality standards and 103 failed to pass the quality test. 47 brands failed on safety parameters, 56 other brands failed to meet quality standards and three others failed on the incorrect label. These brands are found harmful for human consumption. 

68,120 kilograms of such oils and ghee have been confiscated from the market. Also production and distribution of these poor quality brands have been banned until they don’t conform to the health standards.

Ghee or edible oil is the most common kitchen commodity which is a compulsory ingredient to cook almost every food so when we talk about the quality of Ghee or oil, actually we are talking about improving quality of all food items. Ghee is not only used for cooking in the kitchen but it is also used in bakeries and for frying of Samosa and Sweets. There are many poor quality or substandard Ghee and oil brands available in the market which are being sold at comparatively low prices. I personally observed such low-quality ghee at hotels, dhabas and on food stalls. They are not only of poor quality but also further spoiled by using it at higher temperatures for multiple times for frying of Samosa, pakorra etc.

Punjab Food Authority has taken an initiative to improve the quality of edible oils by banning poor quality and unhealthy ghee and oil brands.
Earlier, 47 famous Ice Creams were also declared unfit by PFA, for detailed report click here
The ghee and cooking oils which failed to meet safety and quality parameters include following ghee  and banaspati brands:
ACP Fold Banaspati
Aghaaz Banaspati
Aghaz Banaspati
Andaaz Banaspati
Asia Banaspati
Barkat Banaspati
Barra Khyber Banaspati Ghee
Care Banaspati Ghee
Chand Banaspati (VTF)
Chandi Sona Banaspati
Darra Khyber Banaspati
Enaam Banaspati
Eva Premium Quality VTF Banaspati
Fauji Koh-e-Noor Banaspati
Fawad Banaspati
Geo Banaspati
Geo Kohinoor Banaspati
Gul Banaspati
Hafeez Banaspati
Jashan Banaspati
Khushboo Banaspati
Kisan Banaspati Ghee
Maan Banaspati
Maaz Supreme Banaspati Ghee
Maha Banaspati
Malta Banaspati
Minha Banaspati
Misaal Banaspati
Multan Banaspati
Mumta Banaspati (VTF)
Naqash Banaspati
Naqash Banaspati
Punjab Banaspati
Qadir Banaspati
Qile Khyber Banaspati
Rahat Banaspati
Rohi Banaspati
Seasons Banaspati
Shafi Vegetable Ghee
Shama Banaspati
Shehroz Banaspati
Soya Supreem Banaspati
Tahafuz Banaspati

List of oil brands is as under:
Areej Premium Cooking Oil
Asia Pure Canola Oil
Asia Pure Cooking Oil
Bakeman FRYO Frying Oil
Barkat Cooking Oil
Care Cooking Oil
Commander Cooking Oil
Dalda Fortified Sunflower Cooking Oil
Dawat Cooking Oil
Fatima Cooking Oil
Fatima Cooking Oil
Fatima Palm Olein Oil
Foody Sunflower Cooking Oil
Ganj Shakr Cooking Oil
Hafeez Cooking Oil
Hayat Palm Olein
Hoor Cooking Oil
Ittehad Canola Cooking Oil
Ittehad Palm Olein Cooking Oil
Khalis Cooking Oil.
Khushi Cooking Medium
Kisan Super Cooking Oil
Maaz Supreme Pakwan Oil
Madni Cooking Oil
Master Chef Cooking Oil
Master Palm Olein Oil
Mehboob Cooking Oil
Momin Cooking Oil
Momin Sunflower Cooking Oil
Moulvi Cooking Oil
Mujahid Cooking Oil
Mujahid Soyabean Cooking Oil
Multan Canola Cooking Oil
Mumta Banaspati (VTF)
Mumtaz Cooking Oil
OK Cooking Oil
Potohar Cooking Oil
Punjab Cooking Oil
Rahat Cooking Oil
Roho Canola Cooking Oil
Sadiq Cooking Oil
SB Gold Canola Oil
Sb Gold Cooking Oil
Seasons Cooking Oil
Shafi Cooking Oil
Shahbaz Cooking Oil
Sidra Cooking Oil
Sitara Cooking Oil
Sufi Sunflower Cooking Oil
Sundrop Cooking Oil
Swera Cooking Oil
Taqwa Cooking Oil
Tawanai Palm Olein
Tayyab Cooking Oil
Watan Cooking Oil
Zaitoon Refined Palm Olein Oil

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Source: Dawn

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