The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) on Wednesday declared 61 ghee and cooking oil brands unfit for consumption and confiscated 47,233 litres of ghee and cooking oil from the market.
In recent times the provincial food regulatory authority has been super active to keep check and balance in food safety and hygiene. It was formed under the Punjab Food Authority Act 2011, being the first ever agency of its kind in Pakistan.
PFA Director General Muhammad Usman said that the purpose of sample collection drive was to check the quality and standards of the products. The 61 brands of oil and ghee failed the tests and did not meet the standards of Punjab Pure Food Regulation while 118 brands were found up to the mark. Whereas, the analysis of 88 brands is in the process which would be completed soon.
According to DG, food safety teams had collected 267 samples of cooking oil and ghee for laboratory test from the open market in the presence of companies’ representatives by following blind-sampling method throughout the province. Out of 47,223 litre/kilo oil and ghee destroyed, PFA destroyed 29,099 litres/kilo products at Lahore Zone, 15,661in Rawalpindi Zone and 2,473 litres/kilo in South Zone.
A list of the oil and ghee brands/products have been issued which have failed to pass the quality test. Many of the brands are transported to other cites and are being sold openly, one must keep checking the quality of the food related products. Next time you buy any cooking oil or ghee do check the brand name thoroughly!
The list includes the following:
Abid Koh-e-Noor Banaspati, Ambar Banaspati, Apna Banaspati, Apna Canola Oil, Areej Premium Banaspati, Atif Banaspati, Attiya Banaspati, Badar Cooking Oil, Behtreen Banaspati, Crispo Vegetable Oil, Dawat Cooking Oil, Enam Cooking Oil, Faizi Banaspati, Gai Canola Cooking Oil, Gai Cooking Oil, Gai Sunflower Cooking Oil, Ghousia Banaspati, Ghousia Canola Oil, Gold Rehmat Banaspati, Hoor Canola Oil, Hoor Cooking Oil, Hoor Sunflower Oil, Ittehad Cooking Oil, Kamiyab Cooking Oil, Kamran Banaspati, Karwan Banaspati, Kausar Canola Oil, Kausar Cooking Oil, Khajoor Cooking Oil, Kisan Cooking Oil (Sunflower), Lives Cooking Oil, Mamta Banaspati, Mujahid Cooking Oil, Naimat Canola Oil, Naturelle Cooking Oil, Nice Banaspati, Nirala Banaspati, Olio Premium Canola Oil, Olio Premium Sunflower Oil, Qarni Banaspati, Rahat Banaspati Ghee, Seasons Frying Oil, Sitara Cooking Oil, Soya Supreme Banaspati, Sultan Sunflower Oil, Zareen Banaspati, Chand Banaspati, Ella Cooking Oil, Evolin Vegetable Banaspati, Evolin Vegetable Cooking Oil, Fauji Cooking Oil, Golden Sun Banaspati, Golden Sun Cooking Oil, Ittehad Banaspati, Khajur Banaspati, Lives Banaspati, Madni Cooking Oil, Shamim Banaspati, Sultan Canola Oil, Sultan Cooking Oil and Zaiqa Cooking Oil. The products which passed the test are: Gold Sadiq Oil, Lives Canola Oil, Salva Canola Oil, Salwa Sunflower Cooking Oil, Seasons Canola Oil, Seasons Oil, Shams Banaspati, Shams Refined Cooking Oil (Canola), Aaghaz Premium Olien, Adil Banaspati, Al-Hamza Banaspati, Anis Banaspati, Areej Premium Cooking Oil, Atif Premium Banaspati, Atif Premium Banaspati, Badar Banaspati (Double Refined), Bakhtawar Banaspati, Bakhtawar Cooking Oil, Best Banaspati, Best Cooking Oil, Canolive Cooking Oil, Care Banaspati, Chand Cooking Oil, Chandi Sona Banaspati, Commander Banaspati, Commander Cooking Oil, Data Banaspati, Data Cooking Oil, Data Walay Ibrahim Banaspati, Data Walay Ibrahim Canola Cooking Oil, Deewan Banaspati, Des Banaspati, Eva 100% Natural Canola Oil, Eva 100% Natural Sunflower Oil, Eva Banaspati, Eva Cooking Oil, Eva Premium VTF Banaspati, Fawad Banaspati, Gae Multipurpose Cooking Oil, Gai Banaspati, Gharana Banaspati, Golden Cooking Oil, Golden Sun Canola Oil, Golden Vegetable Ghee, Hafeez Banaspati, Golden Vegetable Ghee, Hafeez Banaspati, Hafeez Cooking Oil, Hayat Cooking Oil, Hoor Banaspati, Hoor Banaspati, Hoor Oil, Inam Banaspati, Iqbal Banaspati, Iqbal Pakwan Cooking Oil, Jashan Banaspati, Kainat Cooking Oil, Kainat Vegetable Ghee, Kashmir Banaspati, Kashmir Cooking Oil, Kausar Banaspati, Khushbu Banaspati, Khushi Banaspati, Khyber Gold Banaspati, Kisan Canola Oil, Kisan Pure Vegetable Ghee, Kissan Pure Vegetable Ghee, Maan Banaspati, Maan Oil, Malta 100% Vegetable Banaspati, Malta 100% Vegetable Cooking Oil, Mamta Cooking Oil, Mehboob Cooking Oil, Mezban Banaspati, Mezban Banaspati, Nemat Banaspati, Nemat Cooking Oil, Noor 4 Life Premium Cooking Oil, OK Banaspati, OK Cooking Oil, Pakwan Banaspati, Pakwan Cooking Oil, Punjab Cooking Oil, Punjab No. 1 Banaspati, Sadiq Banaspati, Salam Banaspati, Salva Cooking Oil, Salwa Banaspati, Samar Double Refined Cooking Oil, Seasons Banaspati, Seasons Corn Oil, Sehar Banaspati, Sehar Cooking Oil, Shah Taj Banaspati, Shahbaz Banaspati, Shahbaz Cooking Oil, Shama Banaspati, Shama Cooking Oil, Shamim Cooking Oil, Shamma Banaspati, Shan Banaspati, Shan Cooking Oil, Shandar Banaspati, Sitara Banaspati, Sooraj Banaspati, Special Madni Banaspati, Sultan Banaspati, Summer Double Refined Banaspati, Sundrop Cooking Oil, Super Latif Banaspati, Super Latif Cooking Oil, Swera Banaspati, Tahafuz Banaspati, Taqwa Cooking Oil, Taza Oil, Tazaa Gold Banaspati, UHT Treated Soya Sauce Oil, Wali Oil and Zaiqa Banaspati.