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In the survey of 2,607 processed milk samples, 10.4% had safety issues while another 37.7% missed at least one quality standard, the survey showed. (REUTERS)
In the survey of 2,607 processed milk samples, 10.4% had safety issues while another 37.7% missed at least one quality standard, the survey showed. (REUTERS)

Over a third processed milk samples fail to meet standards, says FSSAI

  • Out of 12 adulterated samples, nine were in Telangana, two from Madhya Pradesh and one from Kerala
  • In the survey of 3,825 raw milk samples, about 47% missed one quality parameter or another, while another 4.8% had safety issues

NEW DELHI : Around one-tenth of processed milk samples have safety issues, while over a third of the samples, while over a third of the samples, even those of major brands, failed to meet one quality standard or another, a study by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India showed.

In the survey of 2,607 processed milk samples, 10.4% had safety issues while another 37.7% missed at least one quality standard, the survey showed.

“Both raw and processed samples were found non-compliant on account of low fat or low SNF (solid not fat) or both. Proportion of fat and solid non-fat in milk varies widely by species and depends on breed as well as quality of feed and fodder." FSSAI said in a release.

In the survey of 3,825 raw milk samples, about 47% missed one quality parameter or another, while another 4.8% had safety issues.

On an average only, 7% of the milk had safety issues, and that most of the milk sold both in raw and processed form was fit for human consumption, the food safety regulator said.

In a recent meeting of stakeholders, where this survey report was discussed and accepted, there was a unanimous view that incident of spurious milk as reported in the media are one-of incidents and that such incidents can only be tackled by having strict vigil in such areas. FSSAI has written to the States on this.

Only 12 out of 6,432 samples of milk were adulterated to the extent that it made it unsafe for human consumption, with six containing hydrogen peroxide, three having detergents, two urea and one sample having neutralizers, FSSAI said.

Out of 12 adulterated samples, nine were in Telangana, two from Madhya Pradesh and one from Kerala.

“While there is concern, this dispels widespread perception that liquid milk in the country is largely adulterated," FSSAI said.

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