Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has issued a public health notice warning against frozen foods.
“Do you know that Frozen Meat, like Kebab, Nuggets, Sausages, and Meat Balls, etc., being sold in the market, contains High-Fat content, Low Protein content and Mono Sodium Glutamate?” reads the notice.
The notice said that the excess of Fatty Content in frozen food leads to many serious problems, including heart diseases, high blood pressure and diabetes, whereas, excessive use of Mono Sodium Glutamate leads to health-related problems like neurotic diseases and is very harmful to pregnant women and children.
Other than that, these substances also include artificial preservatives, nitrates and nitrites. Intake of these chemicals can lead to diseases like cancer.
Moreover, to preserve the frozen meat, it should be kept below freezing point 24/7. Keeping the current electricity situation in mind, it is quite difficult to do that. Failure to keep frozen meat below zero degree Celsius causes bacteria in these items which makes these items inedible. If they are still consumed, they cause food poisoning.
Therefore, PFA has requested the general public to avoid consuming frozen meat products as much as possible. The notice issued by PFA said that people should prefer eating home cooked fresh meat, vegetables and pulses.
This notice was issued under Punjab Food Authority Act 2011.