More than 20% of the milk samples collected in the district from 2010 to June 2013 failed the purity test.
The figure is a matter of concern, though the local healthy authorities have stated that water is the main impurity/adulterant added to the milk in the region, due to various cases.
One of the main reasons they quote in support of their contention is that other impurities, like urea, are normally used to up the supply of milk, while in the district shortage of the commodity has never been a major issue.
When HT contacted food inspector, Amritpal Singh, he said, “In this cotton belt area, we have not found any urea in any sample of milk or milk products. This adulterant is found to be more in use where the supply of milk is unable to meet demand. In my tenure, the only adulterant I have found is water.”
“In the organised sector, people are paid according to the fat content in the milk as companies require high fat to make other milk products. In the unorganised sector, milkmen add water to increase the quantity of milk.”
When contacted, Bathinda Verka Milk Plant general manager Rupinder Singh said, “We get our supply of milk from the organised sector and there is no possibility of adulteration. We have societies in villages. At the ground level, regular sting operations are held to check the quality of milk. We also have machines to check the purity of milk.”
“Buffalo gives milk only for six months and to use the animal further, the owner uses injections. The wastage of various shellers is utilized for animals in the form of food and fodder. These are usually grown using pesticides and the health department must take appropriate steps to check this poison we consume indirectly,” said a resident Yadvir Sidhu.
Muktsar deputy medical commissioner Sukhpal Singh Brar said, “Consumed harmful chemicals in the form of milk or any product can damage our internal organs. The authorities concerned must implement the law strictly.”
We are keeping a tab on all milk products and strict action is taken against any one trying to adulterate food products, putting the health of people at risk
Dr RS Randhawa, district health officer
Consumed harmful chemicals in the form of milk or any product can damage our internal organs. The authorities concerned must implement the law
Dr Sukhpal Singh Brar, Muktsar deputy medical commissioner
The wastage of various shellers is utilised for animals in the form of food and fodder. These are usually grown using pesticides and harm health
Yadvir Sidhu, Bathinda resident