Lahore (Agencies): Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar has banned the sale, import and export of Chinese salt – popularly known as Ajinomoto – across the country, observing that it is hazardous for health.

After hearing a suo motu case concerning the sale of MSG (monosodium glutamate) and used oil in the SC Lahore Registry on Saturday, the chief justice ordered that the chief secretaries of all provinces be informed of the court’s decision. He further said that the prime minister should take up the issue in the cabinet.

The CJP also inquired from the advocate general as to the whereabouts of Mustafa Ramday, the head of a court-appointed commission tasked to probe the issue.

Medical experts say regular use of this ingredient can cause long-term issues like high blood pressure, autism, hormonal imbalance, epilepsy, food allergies, asthma, reduction in bile formation, cancer and possible sterility in women.