No harmful adulterants in Delhi milk, court told (Lead)

January 25th, 2012 - 11:36 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) The Delhi government Wednesday told the Delhi High Court that none of the 446 milk samples checked by its agencies from Jan 1, 2009 to Aug 4, 2011 were found to contain any harmful adulterants like detergent or urea.

An affidavit filed by the department of prevention of food adulteration (PFA), Delhi, claimed that milk suppliers had followed the prescribed standards under the PFA Act. “No sample of milk was found having detergent-added urea, neutralizer or any other material injurious to health.”

The reply filed by department of prevention of food adulteration, Delhi, claimed that milk suppliers have followed the prescribed standard under the PFA Act.

The division bench of Acting Chief Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice R.S. Endlaw initiated the matter after taking note of a report in a national daily that said that 70 percent milk in Delhi was found to be adulterated.

The affidavit filed by the government said: “A total of 446 milk samples were taken and analysed by the department of PFA from Jan 1, 2009 to Aug 4, 2011 out of which 379 were found conforming to standards and 67 were found non-conforming to standards and action has been taken against them by filing cases under PFA Act of 1954.”

The government said that the city required 70 lakh litres of milk, out of which 60 lakh litres is sold in packaged form and the rest in loose condition.

Sometimes, skimmed milk powder or milk fat was added to the milk by suppliers to make up for the fat deficiency as per the standards, it said.

The government told the court that the department of PFA held a meeting with leading suppliers and directed them to be careful about the quality of milk.

The court had taken suo motu cognizance on reports filed by a national daily Jan 10 that said that 70 percent milk in Delhi was found to be adulterated.

Earlier the report published in national daily said: “As much as 70 percent of milk samples picked up from the capital by a government agency failed to conform to standards.”

“Of the 71 samples randomly taken from Delhi for testing by the Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), 50 were found to be contaminated with glucose and skimmed milk powder, which is usually added to milk in the lean season to enhance volumes,” it added.

“Elsewhere in the 33 states and union territories studied, milk was found adulterated with detergent, fat and even urea, besides the age-old dilution with water. Across the country, 68.4 percent of the samples were found contaminated,” the report said.

The government said: “No sample of milk in Delhi lifted and analyzed by was found deficient in fat or solid not fat (SNF) as prescribed by standards of the PFA Act of 1952.”

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