FDA seizes 3,50,000 litres of adulterated milk

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 17 October 2018

The FDA staff laid a trap at the five entry points of Mumbai, where they checked 227 tankers and tested 9,22,928 litres of milk. In primary testing, it found that five brands from different dairies were found added with ammonium sulfate, sugar, sugar and malto dexedrine.

MUMBAI: Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the guidance of FDA Minister Girish Bapat took action against milk tankers entering in Mumbai and supplying adulterated milk. In the action, the FDA seized about 3,44,000 litres of adulterated milk and sent it to the dairy, while 19,250 litres of adulterated milk was disposed of.

The FDA staff laid a trap at the five entry points of Mumbai, where they checked 227 tankers and tested 9,22,928 litres of milk. In primary testing, it found that five brands from different dairies were found added with ammonium sulfate, sugar, sugar and malto dexedrine. About 3,44,000 litres of milk was seized and 19,250 litres of milk which was extremely contaminated was destroyed at the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation's incinerator. The estimated cost of the milk was Rs 5,71,030.

The milk tankers were coming from Agrawal Milk Supplier (Bhor, Pune), Shriram Milk Collection (Kawathe-Yemai, Shirur), Ashti Taluka Dudh Utpadak Sangh (Beed), Heritage Food Limited (Satara) Saikrupa Distributors (Turbhe), Warna Milk (Nashik), Mamta Dairy (Hirapur), The Laxmi Milk Agency, Saidham Milk and Srirang Kisanlal Sarda Milk. The milk was seized and sent to the dairy after taking samples for further testing.

Whereas milk from 8 tankers of Sudarshan Milk Agro, Mamta Dairy, Hirapur, Saatral Dairy (Ahmednagar) and Shriram Dairy has been destroyed.

Bapat ordered the FDA staff to take stringent action against the dairies and the concern officials from the district. "During the festive season, there are chances of adulterated milk coming from the dairies to the mega cities. So we have initiated action against them. We are also in process to make the law more stringent to take action against the diaries that supply adulterated milk," said Bapat. 

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