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Mixing of poisonous chemicals in Tetra Milk Pack disclosed.

ISLAMABAD, May 10, 2010 (Frontier Star): The NA Standing Committee on Human Rights has constituted a monitoring committee to ensure the supply of quality edibles to consumers after disclosure of harmful ingredients in the preparations of Tetra Milk Pack. The meeting of NA Standing Committee was held at the Parliament House with its Chairman Riaz Fatyana in the chair on Monday. The committee discussed the supply of quality edibles to consumers. The committee was formed under the Convenership of Fauzia Habib, MNA in order to discuss the legislation on the food quality, policy making, coordination for the joint efforts of the Federal, Provincial and Local Government, to attain positive results, enforcement of present laws and awareness among the general public through media. Two representatives each from provinces and officers on the level of Joint Secretaries of Ministry of Food and Health, Livestock, Industries and Production and Science and Technology would also included in the committee. Giving the briefing, Commissioner Animal Husbandry, Dr. Rana Ikhlaq has disclosed that the Tetra Pack Milk being supplied in the country, not only sub-standard but harmful for human lives. He told the committee that 1 kg pure milk is mixed with 39 kg contaminated/chemical milk that comprises of formalin, Bleaching Powder, Urea, Vegetable Oil, Washing Powder, Glucose, Hair Removing Powder and starch and other chemicals used in the preparation of milk. According to Ministry of Science and Technology, 75 percent samples of Tetra Pack Milk were found sub-standard. Chairman NA Standing Committee while expressing serious concern on the 70 percent total adulterated food out of which 25 percent adulterated mineral water is being sold in the market said that this adulteration is causing different diseases like cancer, hepatitis, typhoid and hypertension. The Chairman Committee has asked the concerned Ministries to inform media regarding the adulterated products as it can play a vital role for the awareness of general public regarding contamination of chemicals in the food products and drinks. The Chair also suggested the Federal Government, Provincial and Local Government to work in coordination for provision of hygienic and healthy food. The Chair asked the concerned departments to take necessary steps for the cancellation of licenses and seal the factories of adulterated food manufacturers in order to coup with the situation.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:May 10, 2010
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