PFA directs dealers to close 'Chhalia' business till April 31.
LAHORE -- The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) on Saturday warned dealer and traders of 'Chhalia' (betel nut) to close their business till April 31, 2018, otherwise a strict action would be taken against them.
The PFA has decided to ban betel nut on the recommendations of its Scientific Panel. The Panel, in its recommendation, warned people not to use 'Chhalia' which was the main reason of mouth, throat and stomach cancer.
Chhalia is a basic ingredient of a variety of widely used chewing products. Thin slices of the nut, either natural or processed, may be mixed with a variety of substances including slaked lime (calcium hydroxide) and spices such as cardamom, coconut and saffron.
Most significantly, they may be mixed with tobacco products or wrapped in the leaf of the piper betel plant (paan).
It is used by an estimated 200-400 million people, mainly Indo-Asians and Chinese.