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70.99% of loose milk packets in Maharashtra do not comply to stds: CGSI
Friday, 06 March, 2020, 16 : 00 PM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
Some 70.99% of loose milk packets in Maharashtra do not comply with FSSAI standard specifications, according to a recent research and analysis conducted by Consumer Guidance Society of India (CGSI). A total of 413 samples were tested by CGSI over a period of January to December 2019.

Milk adulteration has been made a non-bailable offence in the state of Maharashtra, in spite of that a huge percentage of milk samples tested were found to be below the minimum standards set up by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). In short, they were adulterated, according to a press release issued by CGSI recently.

Out of the total samples, 73 samples were branded ones and 340 were loose unbranded samples. Only 87 samples of the total comply with FSSAI standard specifications which come upto 21%. Amongst the branded milk samples also only 15% are FSSAI standard specified, the rest of the lot does not specify to the standards and amongst the loose unbranded samples only 22% comply to FSSAI standard specifications.

Commenting on the research, Dr Sitaram Dixit, chairman, CGSI, stated, “Milk forms an essential portion for all concerned and it needs to be complying with FSSAI standards. According to the research conducted last year, the contamination has increased by 5% according to CGSI.”

To curb the nuisance of rampant milk adulteration, the Government of Maharashtra had made adulteration of milk a non-bailable offence, but this does not seem to have had any effect on the adulterators and the traders.

FSSAI – Milk Standards - Maharashtra

Minimum %

Class of Milk

Description

Milk Fat

Milk Solids Not Fat

(S N F)

Cow Milk

Raw, pasteurised, boiled, flavoured and sterilised

3.2

8.3

Buffalo Milk

Raw, pasteurised, boiled, flavoured, sterilised

6.0

9.0

Goat or Sheep Milk

Raw, pasteurised, boiled, flavoured and sterilised

3.5

9.0

Camel

Raw, pasteurized, boiled, flavoured and sterilised

2.0

6.0

Mixed Milk

Raw, pasteurised, boiled, flavoured and sterilised

4.5

8.5

Standardised Milk

Pasteurised, flavoured and sterilised

4.5

8.5

Recombined Milk

Pasteurised, flavoured and sterilised

3.0

8.5

Toned

Pasteurised, flavoured and sterilised

3.0

8.5

Double Toned

Pasteurised, flavoured and sterilised

1.5

9.0

Skimmed

Raw, pasteurised, boiled, flavoured and sterilised

Not more than 0.5

8.7

Full Cream Milk

Pasteurised and sterilised

6.0

9.0

If class of milk is not indicated then the standards of mixed milk shall apply



Samples Tested by CGSI (Jan-Dec 2019)

Total

%

Total Milk Samples

413

100

Branded Packing

73

18

Loose / Unbranded Packing

340

82

 

 

 

Samples complying to FSSAI standard specifications

87

21

Samples not complying - FSSAI standard specifications

326

79

 

 

 

Total Milk Samples (Branded Packing)

73

100

Samples complying to FSSAI standard specifications

11

15

Samples not complying - FSSAI standard specifications

62

85

 

 

 

Total Milk Samples (Loose / Unbranded Packing)

340

100

Samples complying to FSSAI standard specifications

76

22

Samples not complying - FSSAI standard specifications

264

78

 
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