Milk, milk product samples fail quality test yet again

Story By: Indre Sharma
Tuesday, August, 21 2018 - 12:35

With 360 lakh litres milk per day, Punjab state is leading other states in per capita milk availability. 

However, the reacent raids conducted by authorities revealead that 60 per cent of milk and milk product (MMP) samples, including paneer (cottage cheese) and ghee,  have been found unfit for human consumption. 

As per reports, 434 of the total 724 samples seized in the past 10 days have failed the quality test and 20% of the seized food samples found to contain spurious milk or adulterated milk.

Following the results, the Health and Family Minister Brahm Mohindra has asked the District Health Officers and Assistant Food Commissioners to take stern action against those violating the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.

The Economic offences (EO) wing of vigilance bureau (VB), Punjab, has conducted raids at MILKFED-run Verka milk plants of the Punjab government in Ludhiana and Mohali earlier in June, after Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) MLA Simarjit Singh Bains had alleged that a Rs 200-crore ‘scam’ was going on at Verka.

Mr Bains has alleged that Rs 5 to 6 per packet was being charged “extra” from consumers in the name of fat content but when tested, Verka milk samples had less fat than what was mentioned on packets. He claimed that when he checked the fat content of the milk, it was 4.1 per cent whereas S.N.F (solid not fat) was 8 per cent. But prices were being levied for 4.5 per cent fat and 8.5 per cent SNF.

In another incident, the Mohali police seized around 20 quintals of spurious cheese from a factory at Ballo Majra village, on Tuesday, August 21. The factory has been sealed by the district's health authorities.


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