SC orders formula milk manufacturers to mention formula diet on packaging

SC orders formula milk manufacturers to mention formula diet on packaging
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ISLAMABAD:The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered the powdered and infant formula milk manufacturers to mention clearly on packaging that it was a formula diet and not natural milk.

 A bench of Apex Court comprising Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and Justice Ijazul Ahsan passed the orders while disposing of applications against the sale of powdered milk as natural milk.

The court gave a time period of six months for imported products and four months to local products for implementation of the orders.

The court also ordered analysis of NIDO milk powder ingredients.

The court also expressed satisfaction and held that no further action was required after it was apprised that the word "milk" had been removed from a Nestle product.

The Chief Justice of Pakistan justice Mian Saqib Nisar has also taken notice of disparity in salaries of doctors working at government hospitals and those called from abroad.

During a hearing at Supreme Court’s Lahore registry today, the Chief Justice said the doctors at Pakistan Kidney and Liver Transplant Institute get a salary of 1.2 million rupees while  those working at  government hospitals get 0.2 million rupees.

He said this difference between salaries, force doctors of government hospitals to run private clinics on the side.

The Chief Justice also sought details of hospitals being run on funds by Recep Tayyib Erdogan Trust and said that he would continue to survey hospitals.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has also ordered all private medical colleges to refund the fee received in excess of 850,000 rupees to students within one month.

A two-member bench comprising Chief Justice Saqib Nisar and Justice Ijazul Ahsan passed these orders while hearing a suo motu notice against exorbitant fee structure of private medical colleges in Lahore today.

The court also ordered private medical colleges to accommodate some students, who deserved admission on merit but could not get admission to any public or private sector colleges. APP/AFP

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