Director of the National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, Dr AK Srivastava, has said that there is no scientific study to establish the gravity of milk adulteration in the country. However, he told HT on Tuesday that there was a dire need to change dairy standard rules and to protect the interests of progressive dairy farmers.
Srivastava said t he dairy industry in Punjab banks on the cross-bred animals, but quality standardisation laws of milk and other dairy products had not been changed in the last six decades. “Milk is the only food item in which any kind of mixture is prohibited and media reports on fake milk do occur. Food and Standard Authority of India is raising the demand for provision of life imprisonment since long for milk adulteration,” he said.
Srivastava said that while introducing strict punitive measures was welcome, standardisation exercise should also be carried out. “Milk samples are bound to fail tests on fat, protein etc on the cross-bred animals mainly on the technical points and scientific basis.
Milk standardisation was fixed soon after Independence when India had only indigenous breeds,” said Srivastava while adding that it would be premature that the region was facing an acute problem of milk laced with chemicals or harmful components.