Oil, ghee crisis deepens as strike enters fourth day

Oil, ghee crisis – The manufacturers of edible oil and ghee continued their strike across Punjab for a fourth day on Saturday.

“The factory owners have stopped supply of oil and ghee to major cities, including Lahore, in protest against raids of the Punjab Food Authority”, Daily Pakistan reported.

“The current situation may protract as the association has not approached the government to resolve the issue”, according to Samaa TV.

On last Wednesday, the PFA declared various cooking oil brands unfit for consumption due to absences of Vitamin A and rancidity, artificial flavour addition and other acid values.

The brands include: Shan Cooking Oil, Shan Banaspati, Smart Canola Cooking Oil, Ghani Cooking Oil, Shah Taj Cooking Oil, Soya Supreme Cooking Oil, Kashmir Canola Oil, Cukoo Banaspati.

Other brands are: Sufi Sunflower Cooking Oil, Soya Supreme Banaspati, Olio Premium Canola Oil, Momin Cooking Oil/Banaspati, Mayar Banaspati, Season Banaspati, Sundrop Cooking Oil, Tullo Banaspati/Cooking Oil, Salovi Spanish Olive Oil, Maan Banaspati, Naaz Banaspati, Kisaan Vegetable Ghee, Malta Banaspati.

However, according to Dunya News, Pakistan Vanaspati Manufacturers Association (PVMA) has called off their country strike on Thursday after successful negotiations with Punjab government, Dunya News reported.

Chairman PVMA, Aizaz Malik said that there will be no compromise on the quality of ghee and announced to resume the supply of edible oil and ghee across the country on Punjab government assurance.

Muhammad Bilal

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