LHC bans sale of two packaged milk brands


LHC bans sale of two packaged milk brands LAHORE: The Lahore High Court chief justice temporarily banned on Thursday the sale of two packaged milk brands whose manufacturing facilities have already been sealed by the Punjab Food Authority (PFA) for not possessing valid licenses.

PFA Director Operations Ayesha Mumtaz told the court that the companies — Premier and Millac — did not have valid licences.

She submitted that management of one of the sealed companies had illegally broken the seal and in this regard a first information report had already been registered. She sought more time to submit detailed reply to the petitions of the sealed companies.

Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah said the manufacturing facility of the petitioner-companies would remain sealed till the next date of hearing and they were not permitted to carry out any sale of their products in the market.

The counsel of the milk companies complained that the PFA displayed photographs of the premises of the companies on social media is in violation of a previous order passed by the court.

Ms Mumtaz denied the allegation and said no photograph had been placed on the Facebook page of the Punjab Food Authority since the court restrained it in 2015.

The companies’ counsel then referred to additional material which showed that certain photographs had been posted on the Facebook titled “Ayesha Mumtaz PFA Fan Club.”

Ms Mumtaz said the page had not been set up by the authority and she had no knowledge of the same.

At this the chief justice directed a federal law officer to ensure appearance of a responsible officer from FIA dealing with cyber crimes on the next hearing who could find out the developer of the fan page. Hearing was adjourned till Sept 19.

Source: http://www.dawn.com/news/1283026/lhc-bans-sale-of-two-packaged-milk-brands

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