LAHORE: The Lahore High Court today sought assistance from the Advocate General Punjab in a petition challenging sale of poor and adulterated milk in the province, causing fatal diseases to citizens.

A division bench headed by Justice Ayesha A Malik took up the petition filed by Barrister Zafarullah Khan of Watan Party. The court adjourned hearing until May 18.

 Watan Party filed an inter court appeal for early hearing of the case pending already in the Lahore High Court. In its plea, the petitioner said that the sale of adulterated milk was continued unabated that was causing serious diseases to the citizens.

He said Milk is essential food intergradient for the growth of children and adults and it provides calcium for the growth of bones while without necessary intake of calcium human bones become brittle and easily breakable.

The petitioner further said that poisonous ingredients like UREA and hair removers are mixed with the milk and sold. According to doctors, he said, such crimes make people vulnerable to cancer, kidney failure and other fatal diseases.

He also quoted a recent scientific report conducted by the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) in which 665 milk adulterant tests from 41 samples (10 of 100 SE Milk, 28packed milk and three powder milk samples) were conducted. According to UVAS research report, water in two out of 10 loose milk samples and 22 out of 28 packed samples, carbonate was found in two samples of loose milk and one in packed milk samples. Report further said that sugar was not detected in loose milk while it was detected in seven packed milk samples while quaternary ammonium compounds were found in two samples each of both loose and packed milk. The research said that AFLATOXIN MI was found in two out of three commercial powder milk samples and also in two out of 10 loose samples which was dangerous to health.

The petitioner submitted that the consumers were paying heavy prices against adulterated milk. He prayed to the court to direct government and authorities concerned to take efficient measures to stop sale of adulterated milk sale to the public at large.