PFA bans the production and sale of betel nuts


LAHORE: The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) on Sunday banned the sale of betel nuts (Supari/chaliya) in Punjab and gave a 90-day ultimatum to the people concerned to wind up the business.

The decision was taken in a PFA’s scientific penal meeting at its headquarters. PFA Director-General Noor-ul-Amin Mengal chaired the meeting. The penal members presented recommendations at the meeting to immediately stop the production and sale of betel nuts at paan shops and general stores, which is harmful to consumer health

He said that our aim to protect the consumers from the harmful effects of such substances.

“A large number of people, especially youngsters, are suffering from submucous fibrosis (SMF) and the patient cannot open their mouth completely and ultimately they suffer a loss of jaw movement. Strict action as per the relevant provisions of the PFA Act 2011 shall be initiated against them after April 30,” he warned.

He also said that the use and profession of betel nuts are strictly prohibited in many countries like UAE, India and others. He stated it is a punishable offense and people are not chew the products in public places in these countries.

“The World Health Organization has already classified betel nut as a carcinogen which is a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue,” he added.

The producers and retailers have both been warned to end the sale of the product within the next three months.


  1. Agr pan chalia sahet pa effect karti ha to phr namak(salt) b banned Kar Dana cheye q k wo b blood pressure or kafi bemario ka bais bnta ha

  2. چھالیہ پر ٹیکس کم کیا جائے پان والوں کو ریلیف دیا جائے بند ہو رہا ہے لوگوں کا کاروبار

  3. janab pan chaliya gutka sy cancer ki kam az kam 5 sy 6 % cases hein cigrate jis ki kam az kam cancer k marz me mubtala cases 21% ki sharah hein pakistan me is liyee govrmnt ka kam he k battlenuts baned krny sy kuxh nhi hoga log berozgaar hi hongy or ha mein chaliya khata hu or aj sy 8 saal pehly sy kha rha hu allah ka lakh karam he aj tk mujhe too koi bimari feel nhi hui
    or mery uncle hein woo koi nasha nhi krty thy lekin un ki death mouth cancer ki wja sy hui…….

  4. Band karne ka faida chaila to ab b mil rahi ha high price me or usme khajor ki gutlian mili hoin ha or log Kha b rahy han to asy band karne ka Kiya faida or government ko sharab. Heroin. Chars wagair nahi Dikh rahi jo ke khuly aam bike rahi ha wah ray Pakistani government abhi batta mil jaye ga chalia dubara Milna shoro hojaye gi

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