LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar (CJP), while hearing a suo motu case in the Supreme Court’s Lahore Registry, has banned the sale of Ajinomoto, commonly known as Chinese salt, saying it is hazardous for citizens’ health.
The CJP heard the case pertaining to the sale of Ajinomoto or Chinese salt and used cooking oil in the country.
Also, Justice Nisar inquired from the advocate general about the whereabouts of Mustafa Ramday who was the head of a court-appointed commission tasked to probe the issue.
In January, Punjab Food Authority (PFA) had banned Ajinomoto after the authority’s scientific panel found it hazardous for health.
According to the findings of the panel, Chinese salt contains monosodium glutamate (MSG) which can cause headaches, fatigue, palpitations, nausea and vomiting, sweating, flushing and numbness of the face, more so among people who are sensitive to it.
It can also cause hypertension and is extremely hazardous for pregnant women, the panel found. The PFA scientific panel recommended banning the usage of Ajinomoto in all eateries, frozen foods, and all other food products.
The authority had issued a deadline of March 31 to bring the use of Chinese salt to a complete halt. Chemically, it is a salt of the amino acid family – Glutamic Acid (glutamate). According to some reports, regular use of this ingredient can cause long-term issues like high blood pressure, autism, hormonal imbalance, epilepsy, food allergies, asthma, reduction in bile formation, cancer and possible sterility in females.
The MSG over-stimulates the brain, according to some reports, tricking it into thinking that food tastes better, so the person consuming it not only wants to have more of that food, but also want to go back to it. This is termed as magic ingredient that food companies love to use as a flavour enhancer in their products.