KARACHI - During crackdown against flour mills over increasing flour prices and grinding low-quality wheat, the Sindh Food Department has issued show-cause notices to 12 flour mills and seizes 265,400 wheat bags imported from Ukraine and Russia.

The crackdown was carried out on the directives of Provincial Minister for Food and Health Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar.

"During crackdown in two days against flour mills over increasing flour prices and grinding low quality wheat, 12 flour mills have been issued show cause notices and 265,400 wheat bags, each of 100 kg, imported from Ukraine and Russia have been seized," says a press release issued by the Sindh Food Department Sunday.

Teams of the Sindh Food Department  raided in districts centre, west and Malir and found stock of 39,600 wheat bags in AR 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 that was more than the requirement and against the law.

The low-quality wheat bags were imported from Ukraine and Russia and all these flour mills have been issued show-cause notices because according to the law, a flour mill can retain/stock 5,000 wheat bags for ten days.

Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar has demanded the federal government to take such steps to discourage import of low-quality wheat and the permission in this regard may be cancelled.

While terming the increase in flour prices as illegal and unjust, the provincial minister warned the profiteers to keep themselves away from such activities; otherwise strict action would be taken against them.