SHC orders action against companies producing substandard oil

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) has directed director general of Pakistan Standard and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) to seek assistance from law enforcement agencies in order to take action against those manufacturers who produce substandard oil from illegal ingredients and use substandard packaging.

A division bench headed by Justice Irfan Saddat Khan was seized with the hearing of a petition filed Muhammad Imran Shahzad who moved the court against reuse of tin packaging for cooking oil, ghee and other edible products.

The petitioner stated before the court that despite a government restriction, private cooking oil companies were using substandard packaging and reusing canisters for their products. He said that in view of the directives of the Ministry of Industries and Production issued on 26 April 2005, reusing tin packaging for edible oil and ghee was injurious to health.

He pleaded the court to direct PSQCA to take action against reuse of tins and canister for the re-packing of cooking oil and ghee and other edible products.

Pri Bux Jamali, director general PSQCA, told the court that prime aim of authority was advancing economy, promoting industrial efficiency and ensuring health and safety of the consumers. He said that PSQCA was extending voluntarily its full cooperation to provincial government to counter those unscrupulous manufactures who produce substandard oil from illegal ingredients.

The two-judge bench directed DG PSQCA to take assistance of law enforcement agencies as provided under the law and take action against such persons and submit report within one month.

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