Adulteration rife in India’s milk bowl

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The Indian state of Gujarat faired miserably in a study backed by India's food regulator that looked into the quality and nutrition standards of milk across the country.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) compiled a survey to inspect loose and packaged milk in major Indian states.

Findings showed that Gujarat failed miserably with 89% of samples not conforming to standards.

Gujarat, where India’s white revolution began to achieve self-sufficiency for the country in milk production, also saw urban samples fare badly when compared to samples collected from rural areas.

All 85% of the samples collected in the cities did not meet the quality standards regarding the desired Solid Not Fat and fat content as mentioned on the cover. This was due to dilution of milk with water, the body said.

Skimmed Milk Powder, used to artificially increase volume of milk, was also noticed in a few samples.

Related topics: Markets, India, Supply chain, Food safety, Dairy

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