LAHORE: The Supreme Court has ordered chemical examination of all domestic and international brands of packed milk available in Pakistani.
According to reports, the court has directed the University of Agriculture Faisalabad, the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore and the Pakistan Council for Scientific and Industrial Research to conduct the analysis of all brands of packed milk within a month.
“Government’s responsibility to check quality of the edible items is being discharged by court,” observed Justice Mian Saqib Nisar while hearing a petition against sale of substandard milk.
The court instructed the three institutions to conduct the analysis without any fear and leniency as the matter involved lives of the children in particular.
The bench later adjourned the hearing for four weeks.
Barrister Zafarullah Khan of Watan Party filed the petition stating that citizens had been consuming milk adulterated with chemicals including detergent power resulting in serious diseases such as cancer and hepatitis-C in humans.
He pointed out that there was not a single laboratory in Pakistan that had the capability to gauge contamination of chemicals in milk and water as well. He asked the court to ban use of contaminated, adulterated milk and water.