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Milk powder racket busted in Navi Mumbai

mumbai Updated: May 13, 2013 17:20 IST
Priyanka Vora
Priyanka Vora
Hindustan Times
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A milk powder racket was busted after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raided the premises of Nerul-based Haryana Milk Foods Limited.

According to the vigilance department of the FDA, the company was acquiring expired skimmed milk powder from Kolhapur and then re-packaging it into new containers for export to Pakistan.

About 15 tonnes of the product have been recalled. The FDA are now checking other batches to see if they need to be recalled as well. MUMBAI: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) busted a major milk powder racket in Navi Mumbai involving the export of skimmed milk products that were past their expiration date.

Acting on a tip-off, the vigilance department of the FDA raided the premises of the Nerul-based Haryana Milk Foods Limited in April.

FDA officials said the company was acquiring expired skimmed milk powder from Kolhapur and re-packaging it into new containers in order to export it to Pakistan.

To avoid any escalation of the situation, FDA officials have recalled about 15 tonnes of the product, which had been forwarded for export, and are checking records to recall other batches as well.

The company only had the licence to stock the products, not package and label them. “We have suspended their licence and are probing further,” said Sanjay Kale, joint commissioner (vigilance), FDA.

“The company was re-packaging expired skimmed milk and labeling the new containers with a new expiry date.”

The FDA has prohibited the export of an additional 22.425 tonnes of skimmed milk worth Rs61 lakh and sealed the premises of the company. “We have issued a prohibition order disallowing them to sell or export any products until an inquiry is completed. The premises also did not follow the necessary safety standards,” said Prashant Umrani, food safety vigilance officer, FDA.

After the inquiry into the company and its practices is completed, FDA officials said they will register a complaint with the local police station, pressing the relevant charges on the company for selling and exporting expired food unfit for human consumption.