KARACHI 0  Twelve flour mills have been issued showcause notices and 2,65,400 wheat bags of 100 kilogrammes confiscated during a crackdown in two days against unauthorised flour price increase and grinding of low quality wheat.

   The food department teams, on the directives of Sindh Minister for Food and Health Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar, raided flour mills in the Central, West and Malir districts, said a handout issued here on Sunday.

   It said that the teams found stock of 39,600 wheat bags in A.R. Flour Mills, 32,500 in Masoom Roller Flour Mills, 15,000 in Blessing Flour Mills, 21,400 in Iqra Flour Mills, 16,400 in MSK Flour Mills, 30,973 in Farhan Flour Mills, 16,400 in Qureshi Flour Mills, 23,800 in Ajwa Flour Mills, 15,927 in Asia Flour Mills, 18,500 in Indus Flour Mills, 19,000 in Moon Flour Mills and 15,900 in Q&Q Flour Mills. It said that all these flour mills have been issued showcause notices because according to the law a flour mill can retain/ stock 5,000 wheat bags for ten days. It further said these wheat bags were imported from Ukraine and Russia, which have low quality wheat. The Minister has urged the authorities concerned to take steps to discourage import of low quality wheat and permission in this regard may be cancelled. The Minister termed the increase in flour prices as illegal and unjust  and warned profiteers of strict action.