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Bengaluru milk is ‘safe’; survey again in July

3,June, 2017
 

BENGALURU: There is no milk adulteration in Bengaluru: this is the conclusion of a survey conducted in six cities across Karnataka as part of a national study. Hard to believe the finding, the Karnataka health department has decided to repeat the exercise in July, this time with a scientific sampling process.

The survey, ordered by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, concluded that Belagavi and other border cities consumed the most adulterated milk from both organized and unorganized sectors. Urea was the most common adulterant. As much as 75% of the milk samples collected in Belagavi was found to be adulterated, 40% in Hubballi-Dharwad and 18-20% in Mysuru. In Kalaburagi and Mangaluru, no sample was adulterated. The health department says the high adulteration in Belagavi is not surpris ing, but the result in Bengaluru is un likely . "Common sense says not even a hi-tech city like Bengaluru can have 100% safe milk," says health commissioner Subodh Yadav. "The other parameters, when verified with the milk samples, suggest it may well be true Belagavi has such a high quantity of adulterated milk. Border towns are vulnerable. Even independent reports suggest the same. However, (the finding that) samples suggesting no adulteration in the other three cities is hardly believable." The health department will start a second round of milk sample collection to test for adulteration. The previous round relied on random milk samples.

"We will put out a list of laboratories where people, too, can submit the samples if they find the milk suspicious," the commissioner said. The department will ask the Karnataka Milk Federation to submit their samples for testing at the district level. The testing is expected to continue till September.

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