Govt wakes up, starts collecting samples
Srinagar, Jan 28: Following the revelation that 83 percent of milk produced in Jammu and Kashmir contains adulterants, the state government has initiated the process of collecting samples.
With the disclosures triggering panic, the state government has woken up with Health Ministry seeking report about the findings of Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
Talking to Greater Kashmir, the Commissioner of Food Safety, J&K, Satish Gupta said they have collected 76 samples of milk across the state. “We have sent the samples to food labs in Jammu and Srinagar for the tests and will take further action on the basis of the report,” he said.
Meanwhile, highly placed sources said that Health minister, Sham Lal Sharma has also sought report from the Commissioner Food Safety about the findings of the survey and subsequent action taken by them following the FSSAI report has created panic among the public.
Pertinently, state health authority was caught off guard when FSSAI in its report claimed that 83 per cent of the milk is adulterated in JK.
Quoting a survey by FSSAI, Greater Kashmir had reported that 83 per cent milk consumed in Jammu and Kashmir contains adulterants.
Out of the 18 samples picked up from different parts of the state for testing by the FSSAI, 15 were contaminated with glucose and skimmed milk powder (SMP), with only three conforming to the standards set up by the central food regulatory agency. Out of the failed samples, two were taken from rural areas and 13 from the urban areas of the state.
The National Survey on Milk Adulteration (snap shot survey) was conducted by the FSSAI to ascertain the quality of milk and identify different types of adulterations in the liquid milk throughout the country. After collecting the samples randomly, these were sent to the government laboratories - Department of Food and Drug Testing Government of Pondicherry, Central Food Laboratory Pune, Food Research and Standardization Laboratory Ghaziabad, State Public Health Laboratory Guwahati and Central Food Laboratory Kolkata - for detailed analysis.
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