The government has decided to impose a blanket ban on manufacture, sale, and purchase of Banaspati ghee in Pakistan by 2020.
Following the decision, all the factories producing the vegetable ghee will be sealed by July next year.
The move has been made after several medical reports revealed that banaspati ghee is extremely hazardous for the human health.
The reports have found that banaspati ghee contains a high amount of Sulfur, trans-fatty acids, Palmitic acid, and nickel. These ingredients may cause fatal diseases like obesity, diabetes, mental illnesses, heart diseases, and cancer.
Earlier in 2017, a scientific panel of Punjab Food Authority (PFA) also recommended banning such factories. The board directed banaspati ghee producing factories to reduce the quantity of trans-fatty acids by up to 0.5 percent for the next three years and to completely halt production of artificial ghee by 2020.
The production and sale of banaspati ghee are already banned in the developed world. But many developing countries, including Pakistan, still allow its use.
According to a report, there are 97 registered factories of banaspati ghee in the country which employ around 100,000 workers. If the decision is fully implemented, a large number of people are feared to be affected. However, the banaspati ghee manufacturers have been given ample time to launch new products and modify their current establishments.