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1,300 kg ‘spurious’ paneer, 1,600 litre milk seized in Nabha

In a raid at the Deep Purity Milk Production Centre at Khokh village, 1,200 kg spurious paneer, 800 litre milk, 130 kg cream and a box of caustic soda were seized, officials said.

punjab Updated: Aug 22, 2018 23:30 IST
Hindustan Times, Nabha
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The raids were carried out by a joint team of the health department, food safety department, dairy development department and police.(HT Photo)

Nearly 1,300 kg paneer, 1,600 litre milk and skimmed milk powder suspected to be spurious were seized from two dairies in Nabha subdivision of Patiala district in late night raids on Tuesday.

The raids, which continued till Wednesday morning, were carried out by a joint team of the health department, food safety department, dairy development department and police. The team was also assisted by the members of the Progressive Dairy Farmers Association.

In a raid at the Deep Purity Milk Production Centre at Khokh village, 1,200 kg spurious paneer, 800 litre milk, 130 kg cream and a box of caustic soda were seized, officials said. The team destroyed the milk on the spot. District health officer Dr Krishan Singh said the milk smelled foul and they found it unfit for consumption.

In another raid at the Basant Milk Collection Centre at Sangatpura village, spurious and substandard 80 kg paneer, 800 litre milk, 25 kg skimmed milk powder were seized.

Samples of all these items will be sent to the state food testing laboratory in Kharar (Mohali) on Thursday, said district food safety officer Puneet Sharma, who was part of the team.

However, none of the dairies was sealed. No arrest was made either. Both the dairies are being run in residential areas.

Hardeep Singh, owner of the Deep Purity Milk Production Centre, denied the suggestion that the milk was adulterated. “We believe in ethical trade and officials are always welcome for sampling,” he said.

As why no action was taken against the dairy even as milk was found substandard there, the food safety officer said, “As per norms, we can only destroy the product if we suspect it to be substandard. We will be able to take action once we have the test reports.”

Patiala deputy commissioner Kumar Amit said a special task force under senior superintendent of police (SSP) Mandeep Singh Sidhu and civil surgeon Dr Manjit Singh has been formed to check food adulteration in the district.

First Published: Aug 22, 2018 23:26 IST