The Punjab Dairy Development Board through its awareness camps for milk purity has found nearly 40% milk samples adulterated with water.
Only relief being that the milk was not adulterated with chemicals like urea, soda, etc., that are harmful for human health.
The board had started an awareness campaign for milk consumers in the district in the beginning of the year.
Under the campaign, the board has organised 53 camps so far against its target of 55 for the year.
During the camps, more than 2,000 samples were taken out of which 40% samples were found adulterated with water. The water percentage in the milk ranged from 10 to 45%.
Dilbagh Singh, deputy director, dairy, Ludhiana, said, “The aim of the campaign is to make consumers aware about water adulteration. We have a mobile van that goes to localities and tests samples brought by residents from their homes. The sources of the samples include packaged milk and milk from local dairies. There is a facility to check milk on various parameters like fat, SNF, protein, density and adulteration of water, chemicals like urea, soda, sweet or salt.”
During a camp at New Nanak Nagar on Monday a total of 32 samples were checked out of which seven were found adulterated with more than 10% water.
Earlier, at a camp in Nehru Nagar, nine samples were found adulterated with water out of 28 collected on the spot. Besides adulteration of water, fat content was also found less in many milk samples.
Singh said the Punjab Dairy Development Board had been provided with eight mobile laboratories vans to go to different cities and check adulteration in milk.
“We test the samples, reveal the result on the spot and also make people aware about pure milk and its advantages. A report of adulteration has been submitted to the health department that will take further action,” Singh added.