Tea whitener not to be used as milk

ISLAMABAD:Senate standing committee on Science and Technology on Monday was briefed that tea whiteners are used internationally for coffee and tea only and should not be recommended as alternate of milk.

The committee was briefed that tea worth Rs. 5.5 billion rupees is being utilized in the country daily as 60 percent population intake three cups of tea daily on average.

An official of Pakistan Standard and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) informed the committee that tea whiteners are not added to mandatory list of items regulated by PSQCA as the legislation on it is under process.

He further informed that the 25 brands of tea whiteners have applied for license among which 21 granted the licenses, two applications are under process while two are in litigation.

The committee was further apprised that only UHT process is authorized in the country for milk and if it is not UHT, it cannot be used.

The committee members were also informed that the composition of tea whiteners followed in the country are according to international standards and no harmful quantity of chemicals is being allowed.

The representatives of Dairy Milk Association urged for establishing a National Food Authority and Minimum Pasteurization Standards should be strictly followed in the country.

The committee referred the other agenda item of drinking water issue in Nokundi and Mach areas of Balochistan to Council of Common Interest.