PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Wednesday expressed serious concerns over the use of steroid in cattle to enhance milk production, observing that “we won’t allow anyone to sell ‘poison’ in the name of milk”.

Hearing a petition against adulterated and powder milk, a two-judge bench of the PHC headed by justice Qaiser Rashid Khan directed the director-general of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa livestock department to appear before the bench immediately due to the urgency of the matter.

The government officials, present in the court, informed the bench that all possible efforts and operations have been conducted against such criminals and contaminate milk has been confiscated but the judge said that the issue would not be resolved just by discarding the confiscated milk as huge among of ‘poisonous’ milk enter the city through different routes. He added that such milk is hazardous to public health and causes serious health complications. Therefore, the judge directed DG livestock to appear in the according.

Director-General Livestock Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Syed Masoom Shah appeared before the bench within 30 minutes and informed the bench that there is a complete ban on milk enhancing medicines in the market. Shah said that oxytocin was used to enhance milk production however, it has been banned now, however, in some specific cases, veterinary practitioners are allowed to use it.

Shah informed the court that they are taking strict action against the practice of mixing 17 different types of chemicals to produce poisonous milk which is being transported to the cities. Dr Shah claimed that the livestock department and district administration is active to take action to contain such practice and bring the offenders to justice.

The court directed the director that there should be no leniency with such criminals and strict action be taken against them. “Such people do not deserve any leniency, take strict action against them,” Justice Qaiser Rashid directed the director-general. The DG was directed that this is an important issue of public health, therefore, he should himself look into it and protect the public from consuming poisonous milk.

The bench directed DG livestock to submit a detailed report in this regard during the next hearing of the case.

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