Of 253 milk samples collected by health dept, 64 found adulterated with water

  • Vandana Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: May 13, 2014 15:04 IST

The prices of milk are soaring high, but vendors are still not providing pure milk to consumers. This was proved in the recent sampling done by the Punjab Dairy Development Board, Ludhiana, at six different places.

The board officials visited various areas of the city during past 15 days, and checked milk samples on the spot for adulteration.

Out of total 253 samples collected from six places, including Dream Lane near Haibowal, Tagore Nagar, Durga Puri near Haibowal, Model House near Model Gram, Virendra Sweets and Basant Nagar, 64 samples were found adulterated.

Though adulteration found was of water mixing, it ranged up to 25% and even more in a few samples.
The fat percentage was also found less. It was only 3 to 4%.

As per norms, in buffalo milk standard fat percentage should be 6% and it should be 4% in cow milk.
Santokh Singh Bhatti, district inspector of Dairy Development Board, said, “The samples were checked on the spot and people were also made aware about milk adulteration. The reports of the samples have been sent to district health officer and additional deputy commissioner development (ADC-D).

He said awareness pamphlets were also distributed. A team team comprising Jaswinder Singh and Dilip Raj visited Basant Nagar area on Monday, where they checked 46 samples.

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