We would like to update you on the current status of the Supreme Court bench hearing in Lahore in which milk processors and loose milk sellers are accused of selling adulterated milk that is not fit for human consumption.
On Dec 27, 2016 the Supreme Court showed satisfaction on Nestlé's position and appreciated the company's quality and standards. The court also appreciated the transparency displayed by Nestlé.
Nestlé Pakistan assures all its consumers that our milks and all other products are absolutely safe to consume and meet all relevant regulatory requirements and are completely free of adulterants as reinforced by results submitted by three government labs, including Pakistan Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR), in the Supreme Court bench in Lahore on December 8, 2016.
PCSIR and National Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFSAT) in University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF) have declared Nestlé MILKPAK free from any adulterants and therefore safe and fit for human consumption. MILKPAK was also analyzed for heavy metals by PCSIR and no presence was detected.
University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) lab results has also declared Nestlé MILKPAK free from adulterants. However, UVAS Lab found presence of heavy metals in the sample of Nestlé MILKPAK though the level remained well within the safe limits as defined in food regulations. It is pertinent to mention here that some heavy metals can occur naturally finding their way in to the milk at various stages of the value chain through animal fodder, feed, water etc. Nestlé is conscious of these possibilities and being a responsible company has placed stringent quality checks at every stage of the value chain to ensure that our milk products are safe and fit for human consumption. Our confidence stems from the fact that our products are routinely tested using state of the art reliable technology and equipment and has never been found to have deviated from prescribed norms.
These tests are done both at third party international and local labs. After the Supreme Court case started, we had the latest quality tests conducted in December 2016 through accredited international labs including EUROFIN Germany, TUV Singapore and SGS International and also from local labs like PCSIR, Lahore. All labs declared our milks free of adulterants and fit for human consumption.
We see the court case as a question of facts which need to be verified through tests from accredited laboratories and are confident about the safety and quality of our products.
The proceedings are under way and we have confidence in the Supreme Court. We will extend all necessary support and share all the data and facts transparently as and when the court requires.