The Pakistan Supreme Court has banned the sale of Chinese salt Ajinomoto, observing that it is hazardous for health.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar said the sale of the salt cannot be allowed.
He was hearing a case on the sale of Ajinomoto and used cooking oil.
On January 15, the Punjab Food Authority had banned Ajinomoto after the authority found it hazardous for health.
According to the PFA, the salt contains Monosodium glutamate (MSG), a flavour enhancer said to cause asthma, headaches, and even brain damage.
Regular use of Ajinomoto is said to cause long-term issues like high blood pressure, autism, hormonal imbalance, epilepsy, food allergies, asthma, reduction in bile formation, cancer and possible sterility in females.
According to media reports, the governments of Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have also banned the sale of Ajinomoto.