The illegal trade of adulterated ghee

The illegal trade of adulterated ghee

Sale of spurious desi ghee goes unchecked in Jagraon

In absence of effective vigil by the Health Department authorities, the sale of spurious desi ghee has been going unabated in the Jagraon area.

There are many wholesale shops in the town where spurious desi ghee is being sold. Many wholesale and retail shopkeepers in the Old Grain Market and Nehru Market areas are involved in the illegal sale of spurious desi ghee. Such shopkeepers have been playing with the health of the general public to earn some quick bucks.

According to sources, there are more than half a dozen shopkeepers, who are preparing and selling adulterated desi ghee. These shopkeepers are well connected and enjoy support of some local politicians. Therefore, no action is taken against them by the authorities concerned, claimed the sources.

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Moreover, these shopkeepers do not store spurious ghee in their shops. Instead they keep it stocked in their godowns situated in the nearby areas to keep the authorities at bay. Whenever the need arises, they supply the required amount of adulterated ghee to customers.

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While the price of genuine desi ghee is around Rs 400 per kg, the adulterated desi ghee costs shopkeepers Rs 200 per kg. Shopkeepers, who are involved in this illegal trade, have been making hefty profits by selling adulterated ghee.

“To prepare spurious desi ghee, we mix refined oil in dalda ghee and then add essence, which makes the odour of adulterated ghee almost similar to that of genuine and pure desi ghee. It is quite difficult to differentiate between spurious and pure desi ghee,” said an employee of a local shopkeeper, involved in making spurious desi ghee.

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Once adulterated ghee is prepared, workers paste different labels, which shopkeepers get printed, on containers. Generally, spurious desi ghee is supplied to shopkeepers of the rural areas.

It is also learnt that a majority of shopkeepers in the rural areas sell adulterated desi ghee to the people as pure ghee. Moreover, the use of spurious ghee is quite common among caterers arranged by the people for preparing dishes during wedding parties and other such functions.

Senior Medical Officer (SMO), Jagraon, Dr Sukhjiwan Kakkar, said, “Teams of the Health Department carry out checking on regular basis to detect sale of spurious ghee.” He said, “We conduct regular raids to check such practice. So far, no one has complained to us about sale of spurious ghee by shopkeepers. Nobody will be allowed to play with the health of the people. Strict action will be taken against shopkeepers, who are found involved in this illegal practice.”

The illegal trade of adulterated ghee

  • Many wholesale and retail shopkeepers in the Old Grain Market and Nehru Market areas are involved in the illegal sale of spurious desi ghee.
  • These shopkeepers are well connected and enjoy support of some local politicians. Therefore, no action is taken against them by the authorities concerned, claim sources.
  • These shopkeepers do not store spurious ghee in their shops. Instead they stock it in their godowns situated in the nearby areas to keep the authorities at bay and avoid legal action. 
  • While the price of genuine desi ghee is around Rs 400 per kg, the adulterated desi ghee costs shopkeepers Rs 200 per kg.
  • To prepare spurious desi ghee, refined oil is mixed in dalda ghee and then essence is added, which makes the odour of adulterated ghee similar to that of pure desi ghee.

Source : tribuneindia

Minto-based farm to receive $10,000 from Greenbelt Fund

Minto-based farm to receive $10,000 from Greenbelt Fund

PETERBOROUGH — A Minto-based farm is one of 19 local food projects in Ontario named as a recipient of funding from the province’s Greenbelt Fund.

It was announced on Sept. 29 that Bell’s Edge Farm, who produce specialty butter and ghee, will receive $10,000 from the fund to help grow their business.

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According to a release from the Greenbelt Fund, Bell’s Edge Farm will purchase packaging equipment to optimize the production of local flavoured butter and ghee, while developing new products under their flavoured butter line.

“Through the Local Food Investment Fund, our government is supporting Ontario’s booming agri-food sector, to make it even easier for Ontarians to enjoy the good things grown, harvested and made in Ontario,” said Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

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Bell’s Edge Farm is currently the only purveyor of ghee and flavoured butter sourced from Canadian ingredients. Bell’s Edge Farm forecasts an increase of $152,625 in local food sales during the project’s duration, and will create two full-time and three part-time job.

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Food fortification programme launched in punjab

Food fortification programme launched in punjab

 

Pakistan’s Food Fortification Programme (FFP) was launched in Punjab by the Head of the UK’s Department of International Development (DFID) today. The launch ceremony was held in Lahore to celebrate the start of edible oil and ghee and wheat flour food fortification in Punjab.

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Joanna Reid, Head of DFID Pakistan, visited the Data Flour Mill to inaugurate the equipment. A delegation of Punjab government, British High Commission and Food Fortification Programme officials also attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Speaking at the event, DFID head Joanna Reid said, “The UK is committed to working with Pakistan to tackle the nutrition emergency. Over 37 million Pakistanis are not getting enough food and this hits women and girls hardest.

Vision 2025 is the Government’s pledge to make nutrition a priority – it matters for the health of the nation and for Pakistan’s future prosperity.

The UK has started a Food Fortification Programme to improve nutrition in Pakistan. This includes the fortification of wheat flour and edible oil and ghee across Pakistan starting in Punjab.

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The Food Fortification Programme aims to improve the production, access and consumption of wheat flour fortified with iron, folic acid, vitamin B12 and zinc, and edible oil and ghee fortified with vitamins A and D. Addressing the ceremony, Food Minister Bilal Yaseen said, “I can assure you that food fortification programme is an excellent initiative for our province and we pledge complete support of the Punjab government and the Punjab Food Authority for the programme. We are on the roadmap to effectively reduce malnutrition in Pakistan in partnership with DFID.”

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The programme is being implemented by Mott MacDonald and Nutrition International in collaboration with key government departments at national and provincial level and with industry associations including the Pakistan Flour Mills Association (PFMA) and Pakistan Vanaspati Manufacturers Association (PVMA).

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The Food Fortification Programme is contributing to the UK’s aim of improving access and consumption of sufficient, nutritious and safe food for women of childbearing age and children to improve nutritional status in Pakistan.—PR

Source : pakobserver

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Ghee, oil production up by 25.49pc , ISLAMABAD

Ghee, oil production up by 25.49pc , ISLAMABAD

ISLAMABAD: Domestic production of vegetable ghee and cooking oil increased by 25.49 percent and 25.49 percent respectively during the month of July, 2017 as compared the production of the corresponding period of last year.

According the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, about 124,608 tones of vegetable ghee were produced during the first month of current financial year as compared 99,296 tons of same period last year. Meanwhile, about 32,416 tones of cooking oil produced to fulfill the domestic requirements as compared the production of 29,215 metric tons of same period last year.

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About 12,213 tons of tea blended produced in first month of current financial year, which was up by 9.41 percent as compared the production of 11,179 metric tons of same period last year.

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According the data, production of wheat and grain milling grew by 3.48 percent as about 482,624 tons of wheat and grains were milled against the milling of 414,215 tons of same period last year.

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According the computation of quantum index numbers of large scale manufacturing industries (base period 2005-06), starch and its production grew by 2.18 percent and about 27,661 tones of above mentioned commodities were produced during he first month of current financial year as compared the production of 27,071 tons of same period last year.

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Only 40% of manufactured ghee, oil fit for humans’ is it true?

Only 40% of manufactured ghee, oil fit for humans’ is it true?

 

Apart from a few leading brands, most ghee and edible oils available in the market are harmful for human consumption and increase the risk of heart diseases, The Express Tribune learnt on Saturday.

A representative of the Pakistan Vanaspati Manufacturers Association (PVMA) said that markets are flooded with harmful products across the country, selling under different brand names of ghee and cooking oil.

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“Although it is against our own trade, it is a fact that hardly 40% of ghee and cooking oil available in the markets is good for human consumption and the rest is merely a disease,” he underlined.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, he disclosed most of the ghee and cooking oil brands available in the market are not vitamin fortified as required by international standards and the law of the land. In addition, direct packaging of imported palm or vegetable oils, under different brand names, is rampant everywhere in the country and is giving tough competition to legitimate manufacturers.

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“In many cases, such ghee and oil brands do not mention mill names and addresses on their packaging to avoid legal action. However, I believe it is the negligence and inefficiency on the part of the government and regulators that has given them a free hand to play with public health,” he maintained.

Most of these products are being used by commercial and industrial consumers, like restaurants, hotels, bakeries and confectionaries, he said.

However, considering these harmful effects, the Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has taken the lead from other provinces by announcing a complete ban on manufacturing and sale of ghee in the province by 2020. Though the industry is expressing its strong reservations over the provincial food watchdog’s decision, PFA officials believe they will succeed in their mission with extensive public awareness.

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A PFA spokesman told The Express Tribune that the authority wants to eliminate trans-fatty acids, found in ghee due to the hydrogenation process, from the human diet. After a rigorous exercise and industry’s cooperation, the authority has brought down trans fatty acid’s ratio from 1.5% to 0.5%, which is permissible. However, there are several brands available in the market that violate the approved standard.

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Despite repeated warnings and fines, most ghee and oil manufacturers are still not fortifying vitamin A and D, as per the international unit (IU) per kilogramme, just to increase their profit margins, he said. Referring to a recent nutritional survey report, the spokesman outlined that nearly two-thirds of the country’s population is vitamin A and D deficient and vitamin fortification in edible oil is mandatory by the law to negate its harmful effects.

According to the law, all ghee and cooking oil manufacturers are bound to fortify their products by approximately 35,000 IU to 45,000 IU of vitamin A and 3,000 IU to 4,500 IU of vitamin D per kilogramme. These vitamins are essential for normal body growth and reduce risks of night blindness and skin related diseases.

The PFA spokesman disclosed the authority has once again engaged PVMA representatives to hear their stance on banning of ghee by 2020.

The consultation process is underway and technical experts from both sides will formulate a procedure for gradual phasing out of ghee in the given timeframe. However, in a meeting held on Saturday, it was decided that the authority would set a special unit for ghee and cooking oil testing in its state-of-the-art lab.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 16th, 2017.

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