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Edible oil being reused for preparing food items.

ISLAMABAD -- Many fried food vendors in the federal capital are reusing edible oil for preparing food items which leads to various health hazards.

To cater the demands of the masses especially in Ramazan, the number of stalls selling these edibles increases in the markets of different sectors.

Most of the vendors can be seen frying samosas, pakoras, kachoris, French fries and jalebis in substandard oil and using it again and again for many days.

Due to reuse of the cooking oil at most of these stalls its colour turn dark resembling crude oil, Besides the low quality of oil and ghee, the shopkeepers did not clean cooking utensils, pots, pans, trays and plates, the residents of various localities said.

The vendors said they could not afford to change the oil after every second day, however, he change it after three to four days.

Health experts said food items cooked with reused and substandard oil can cause serious diseases like kidney, liver complications, stomach upset, acidity, heart diseases and cancer.

Dr Sharif Astori said reuse of edible oil are causing many health hazards.

'When cooking oil is reused, then it becomes oxidised. And the oxidised oil is one of the significant agents of acidity, ulcer and stomach upset with liver and kidney complications,' he said.

He stressed the need for creating awareness among the people to avoid those foods, which are prepared with reused oil.

The residents demanded that the Health Directorate of Capital Development Authority (CDA) should take notice of the sub-standard oil being used in the fried food items.

An official of CDA Health Directorate told reporter that a warning was issued to the owners of hotels and food vendors to ensure provision of quality food to the people and avoid malpractice.

He said the authorities would continue the campaign against the substandard food items and beverages till their complete elimination.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Jun 7, 2017
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