Sanctioned: Ministry bans sale, import of 23 food items

Use of Haram ingredients leads to restrictions.

Our Correspondent June 21, 2014
Objectionable ingredients include gelatin, mechanically slaughtered chicken, white wine, red wine and cochineal. PHOTO: FILE


The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology banned the sale and import of 23 food items, which contained Haram ingredients, said Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqi late on Friday.

In a meeting with retail stores’ representatives, Siddiqi announced the decision to ban 23 items and asked to remove their stocks from the market, sources familiar with the matter told The Express Tribune.

It was also learned that Customs have dispatched letters to officials deployed at all airports and sea ports of the country, instructing them to restrict the products’ entry to Pakistan.

The federal ministry conveyed this instruction to all provincial chief secretaries through letters on May 5, sources said.

The products that have been banned by the Pakistani authorities were imported from the US, England, France, Holland, Denmark, Spain and Indonesia, sources said.

The objectionable ingredients, according to documents available with The Express Tribune, include gelatin, mechanically slaughtered chicken, white wine, red wine and cochineal.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 22nd, 2014.

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Aleeza | 9 years ago | Reply

For everyone who is asking.

These products include Knorr Pasta Creamy Chicken, Knorr Chicken Broccoli, Knorr Rice Chicken, Tulip Chicken, Kellogs Pop Tarts, Heinz Chicken, Jell-O, Yupi Strawberry, Yupi Gummi Pizza, Yupi Fruit Cocktails, Batchelors Cup-a-Soup, Knorr Chicken Soup, Batchelors Slima Soup, Picnic Chicken, Skittles Fruit, Pascual Yogikids, Chupa Chups Bubble, Rago, Bubblicious strawberry splash, Chicken Tonight, etc.

Shabana Ali | 9 years ago | Reply

I doubt that the number of items are more than 23

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