SC Bans “Chinese Salt” Throughout the Country—Declaring it Hazardous

The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) has given a verdict against the sale, import and export of the “Chinese Salt” also known as the Monosodium Glutamate and popularly known as the Ajinomoto—throughout the country. The Supreme Court has banned the salt by declaring it “Hazardous for Health”.

After hearing a Suo moto case regarding the sale of the Chinese Salt and used oil in the Supreme Court Lahore Registry, the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP)—Mian Saqib Nisar has instructed the chief secretaries of all the provinces to be notified of the court’s decision. He further added that the prime minister should take up the issue to the cabinet.

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MSG or Monosodium Glutamate is a food additive that seems to be present in most of the stuff that we eat. It is present usually in all kinds of processed food which includes—Potato chips, cold cuts, packaged cookies, tinned soups, cake frosting, salad dressings, packet noodles and the scrumptious Chinese food served at restaurants—making the food tastier and forcing us to consume more. The salt is also termed as the magic ingredient or flavour enhancer.

The Punjab Chief Secretary, who appeared before the court today, told Justice Nisar that the Sindh government has banned the sale of the Chinese Salt under the Article 144 of the Constitution. The Punjab Food Authority, on the other hand in the meantime was taking measures against the selling of the “hazardous” item.

The court was also informed that a debate has been pending in the Cabinet over the import and export of the Chinese Salt.

The Punjab government had placed a ban on the sale, import and export of the Chinese Salt in January.

Following the decision of the Punjab Government, the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Sindh government had followed the same decision and banned the item because of the “hazardous effects the Chinese Salt pose on human health” in February.

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