The Gautam Buddha Nagar district health department has exposed the sale of adulterated or synthetic milk in the district. In December 2012, the department had collected a sample from Dadri and sent it for testing, the report of which came on Wednesday.
“The report came out negative which clearly means that it is a synthetic milk. This is extremely harmful to all those who consume it. During the investigation, we have found presence of detergents and refined oil in the milk sample,” said AK Jaiswal, chief food safety officer, Gautam Buddh Nagar.
Around two milk samples are collected by the department every month. This is the first time, that any of the samples collected in the district has been tested positive for synthetic milk. Till now, there has been no such case in the district.
“This year, a total of five samples have been sent for testing from the district. We are awaiting report for those samples. The matter will be taken to fast-track court and the accused may be given a life-time imprisonment,” added Jaiswal.
Synthetic milk is prepared by mixing urea, caustic soda, refined oil (cheap cooking oil) and common detergents. Detergents are added to emulsify and dissolve the oil in water giving the frothy solution, the characteristic white colour of milk.
Refined oil is used as a substitute for milk fat. Caustic soda is added to the blended milk to neutralize the acidity, thereby preventing it from turning sour during transport. Urea or sugar are added for solid-not-fat (SNF). Synthetic milk prepared this way looks like natural milk, but differs in taste and nutritional qualities.
Doctors also warn about harmful affects of the milk.
“Synthetic milk is extremely harmful to liver and its regular consumption can gradually damage many other parts of the body,” said Dr KC Sood, senior physician, Noida.