KARACHI - Provincial Health Minister Dr Saghir Ahmed has said the health department was going to carry out afresh investigation into the 9-year old issue of the seized contaminated RBD palm oil following the directives of the apex court. New samples of the contaminated oil will be taken in the presence of well-reputed officers of health department, representatives of court and electronic and print media as the HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry, Karachi University, suspected the authenticity of the commodity. The health minister was speaking at a press conference on Friday at his office. He said, "The health department wants to solve the issue in public interest. The department has constituted a four-member board to enquire about the issue. Following the suggestion of HEJ institute, the health department will collect the oil sample in presence of representatives of the court, health department and the media.  Custom Appellate tribunal has been requested to depute some representatives from customs collectorate while the health department has nominated Capt Dr Abdul Majid. The media is also requested to select 2 or 3 representatives from their side. This team, after proper identification of disputed consignments, will draw samples in their presence and make its proper analysis and will assist health department for execution of court orders. Apart from HEJ, research facilities of three other institutes, including PCSIR, CDGK Food Laboratory and PSQCA will also be used to probe into the issue of contaminated palm oil." Giving details of the case, Dr Saghir added that the said RBD palm oil worth 1,000 metric tones was seized in 1999 by customs, while 100 metric tones oil is reported contaminated. The issue is still unsolved, however, the concerned ministry is taking concrete steps to tackle it, he said. It is pertinent to mention here that the oil was contaminated by palm steering, which can be used for soap making. Some trader import used oil from Middle East for making soap but after refining it is also purchased for edible use, which may cause cancerous diseases.  Dr Saghir said the department did not issue any clearance certificate in this regard.