February 9, 2022 (MLN): The provincial government of Punjab is all set to implement the Minimum Pasteurization Law by July 2022 with the pilot programme set to begin in Lahore from March, Coordinator to Punjab Food Authority (PFA) Chairman Rana Ahmed Arslan informed MG News on Wednesday.
“The PFA has already completed the initial paperwork and is all set to begin implementation of the law from July 2022 onwards,” he said.
As per the PFA’s pasteurization guidelines: “every person or cooperative involved in the production, pooling and selling of milk to the middle man and company for sale to the end consumer before pasteurization, shall, in the prescribed manner, obtain registration from the Punjab Food Authority, and shall facilitate the processor to know about the origin of milk for proper record keeping and traceability before and after pasteurization.”
Mr Arslan said that in the first phase, the provincial government will stop allowing the sale of raw unpasteurized milk in the Model Town, Lahore area under the pilot programme.
He said after taking into account the feedback from the Model Town area, the law will then be implemented across all areas of Lahore in the second phase and then across all regions of the province by the year-end.
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