ISLAMABAD – Eleven companies of packed milk and dairy products have responded to the petition in the Supreme Court which alleged that they were selling substandard and adulterated products.
The companies said that their products conformed with the standards prescribed by the ‘Punjab Pure Food rules 2011.’
The report issued jointly by the companies showed prescribed norms that meet the standards.
The prescribed upper limits are 2ppm for copper and 30 ppm for lead. As per a report issued by UVAS, MilkPak has a lead content of 0.5 ppm and a copper content of 0.8 ppm, both of which are within the acceptable limits of Punjab Pure Food rules 2011.
PCSIR (Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) officials had submitted a report about examination of samples taken from milk and water companies.
According to the report, samples of nine out of 11 packed milk companies has been found to be substandard while samples of six mineral water manufacturing companies were substandard.
The PCSIR report stated that milk provided by Haleeb, Gourmet, Doce, Acha milk, Shakar Ganj foods, Fuji foods, Alfazal foods was substandard.
Low-quality and unsafe brands of water included Bahria, OSS, Pharmagen, Abiyar and Asne.
A two-judge bench headed by Justice Mian Saqib Nisar was hearing a petition against sale of substandard milk and drinking water.