KMC to crack down on packaged milk adulteration

KMC to crack down on packaged milk adulteration

first_imgKolkata: The food safety wing of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will start drive against packaged milk soon after the Pujas. The decision of the civic body comes in the wake of complaints over the quality of packaged milk of a few reputed brands.”We have been receiving complaints regarding a few brands. We will be picking formal samples from shops and conduct test in our food safety laboratory. If we find any irregularity, action will be taken as per laws of violation of Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) Act,” a senior official of the food safety wing said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSources in the food safety wing informed that Member Mayor-in-Council (Health) Atin Ghosh has instructed his officers to pick up samples along with bills from various outlets so that it is easy to locate the supply point. It may be mentioned that in the recent past there have been reports of adulteration of milk from some parts of the country, particularly from north India. The adulterants include caustic soda, detergent, glucose and refined oil among others. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedDetergent and other contaminants like urea, starch, glucose and formalin are also being used as adulterants as they provide thickness and preserve the milk for longer periods.A recent report by the Animal Welfare Board has revealed that 68.4 percent of milk production in the country along with milk by-products were found to have polluting ingredients.”Milk is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, particularly calcium and is consumed from the young to the old because of its nutrient value on a regular basis. More than six billion people consume milk and milk products across the world. It is our duty to ensure that milk quality is not compromised with,” the official added.The World Health Organisation (WHO) had recently issued an advisory to the Government of India stating that if adulteration of milk and milk products is not checked immediately, 87 percent of citizens would be suffering from serious diseases like cancer by the year 2025.last_img

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