Sep 6, 2018
According to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) around 68.7 per cent of milk and milk products sold in the country is not rendering to the standards laid.
The most common adulterants are detergent, caustic soda, glucose, white paint and refined oil. And a report by the Ministry of Science and Technology affirms that 89.2 per cent of such products are adulterated in one form or the other. The production of milk in the country up to March 31, 2018 has been registered at 14.68 crore litres per day against the consumption of 480 grams per capita per day.
Sadly adulteration in milk is more prevalent in northern states as compared to the southern states. In fact the National Survey on Milk Adulteration had conducted a survey some years back and found that due to lack of hygiene and sanitation in handling and packaging, detergents used in washing containers and other surfaces find their way into milk and milk products. Detergent and other contaminants like urea, starch, glucose and formalin are also used to deliberately adulterate milk as they provide thickness and preserve the milk for longer periods,
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 per cent of citizens would be suffering from serious diseases like cancer by the year 2025.