FSSAI clears worry on Milk Adulteration in India
It is quite evident that the highest authoritative body on Food Safety and hygiene, i.e. the Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is avid on implementation proactive measures in for uplifting the food safety regulations on various food business operators.
Very recently the FSSAI authorities had revealed about the rampant adulteration in the milk processing industry. In this context, the apex food safety controller has conducted a National Milk Quality Survey 2018. The report of this survey was finally released on Tuesday, according to which the authority has claimed that milk in India is mostly safe. The fact is, that only a proportion of milk is adulterated.
#1. How much milk is found to be contaminated?
No doubt, rampant adulteration was traced in milk. The FSSAI audit reports have been released largely due to an extreme misinterpretation of the data revealed in the previous survey conducted in 2011.
- The latest report was released recently by the FSSAI authority which revealed that 25% of the food samples examined this year were also adulterated, these samples include milk as well.
- Accordingly, only 10% of the milk supplied in the Indian markets is adulterated.
- This clearly shows that the adulteration is milk is now under control, thanks to the recently devised standards for the suppliers who possess the FSSAI registration.
#2. How much reliable is the survey conducted by FSSAI?
The FSSAI officials have claimed that they have taken the huge sample sizes, which is exactly 6,432 samples. This is perhaps the largest systematic survey of milk conducted thus far. As per the standardized parameters it has been found that only 638 (9.9%) of the samples were adulterated or contaminated.
#3. What kinds of adulterants have been found?
While earlier, the samples were only checked and presence of water & detergent were found along with the percentage of fat and SNF (Solid Not-Fat). This survey set benchmarks for all quality parameters, including adulteration and contamination.
#4. What is the reason behind this adulteration?
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has quoted that the major reason behind the adulteration in milk is poor dairy farming practices. The food safety regulator has traced this after conducting the quantitative survey with a methodical approach, unlike its 2011 survey. The previous survey had “serious drawbacks” as it did not include any criteria related to contaminants and focused only on product quality ignoring the safety aspect.
This is indeed a cause of relief for many consumers who rely on the milk-producing units that have FSSAI registration.
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