The State Government has decided to take action against adulterators while ensuring the supply of safe and quality milk and milk products to the consumers especially children in the State.
Bishnupada Sethi, Secretary Fisheries and ARD held discussion with senior officials about the alleged adulteration of Acetem into Milk Fat (Ghee), said sources.
Looking at the interest of the consumers and poor milk producers, the State Government will be taking stern steps against the culprits, sources said.
Recently, Devendra Chaudhry, Union Secretary Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries has written to the State Government about adulteration of RBD Palm Oil together with Acetem into Milk fat.
The Acetem is a food grade chemical used to maintain the RM (Reichert Meissel) Value of milk fat in combination to Palm Oil.
Mr.Chaudhry has informed the State Government that earlier this product was used in chewing gum, which has now entered to milk fat. Unscrupulous elements are slowly using it in milk, which is dangerous.
So the State Government machineries are to take stern measures to control such menace in time to protect the health of public especially children, said he.
Recently Mr.Chaudhry chaired the meeting, where Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and other senior officials were present to discuss the issue of use of RBD Palm Oil into Milk Fat together with a product named Acetem as an adulterant to replace original Milk Fat (Ghee).
Centre has said that the State Administration is needed to check adulteration in milk and milk products and needed to take action against the culprits under FSS Act-2006.
However none of the State Governments have so far sent the Action Taken Report (ATR) on the issue, pointed out he, adding it is important not only from public health point of view of the consumer but also the income of the poor milk producers, who are engaged in rearing milch cattle for providing quality milk.
Slowly and steadily, such blended product is gaining entry into milk as replacement to pure milk fat. This trend is damaging the dairy business, who are trying to procure and process good quality natural milk in manufacturing various dairy products.
Such adulteration is becoming an unfair trade practices for making easy money, he pointed out adding, the country may get trapped into a similar situation like China’s Melamine Case.
As the issue of sale of quality milk to consumer comes under the purview of Food Safety and Standards Act 2006, which is implemented by FSSAI through the State Food Safety Commissioners, any sale of adulterated/synthetic milk is a market fraud and effects honest efforts of the milk producers.
The State Government machinery is equally responsible in controlling the menace of sale of adulterated/synthetic milk, pointed out Mr.Chaudhry.