Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has issued a public health notice warning against frozen foods.
The notice said:
Do you know that frozen meat, like kebab, nuggets, sausages, and meatballs, etc., being sold in the market, contains high-fat content, low protein content and Monosodium Glutamate?
The notice said that the excess of fatty content in frozen food leads to many serious problems, including heart diseases, high blood pressure, and diabetes, whereas, excessive use of Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) leads to health-related problems like neurotic diseases and is very harmful to pregnant women and children.
Other than that, these substances also include artificial preservatives, nitrates, and nitrites. Intake of these chemicals can lead to diseases like cancer.
Moreover, to preserve the frozen meat, it should be kept below freezing point all the time.
The notice said that “keeping the current electricity situation of Pakistan in mind, it is quite difficult to preserve the frozen food accordingly.”
According to the notice, failure in keeping frozen meat below 0° Celsius produces bacteria in it – which makes the meat inedible. If such meat is still consumed, it can cause food poisoning.
Therefore, the PFA has requested the general public to avoid consuming frozen meat products as much as possible. The notice added that the people should prefer eating home cooked fresh meat, vegetables, and pulses over the frozen meat.
The notice was issued under Punjab Food Authority Act 2011.