21 milk samples out of the total of 165 failed the standard level. It is more shocking with the fact that these 21 failed samples include famous brands like Amul and Mother Dairy. The drive, which started on April 13, also took three samples of ghee with honey for testing and were found unsafe.
Describing the Substandard, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that the 21 samples had been deemed sub-standard as they do not have the required 5% fat content, pertaining to the inclusion of water with milk powder.
Mr. Jain also said that such violations would attract strict penalties. He said 21 samples of milk, out of the total 165 tested, including of these two prominent brands, were found to be of substandard quality.
“The issue was raised during the last session of the Delhi Assembly and I gave directions to test samples of the milk in Delhi. We have taken a total of 177 samples across Delhi, including branded and local products. Reports of 165 have come out, and out of these, 21 samples (including Mother Dairy and Amul) have failed for their substandard quality, which does not mean they are unsafe,” Jain told reporters.
Asked about the punishment for violations, Jain said in case of substandard milk there would be a penalty ranging between Rs 5,000 and Rs 5 lakh.
However, he said it won’t be the case if a product was found to be unsafe. “If (the sample is) unsafe, like a sample that was found unsafe in ghee, there can be imprisonment from six months to three years,” he said.
A Mother Dairy spokesperson said, “We are yet to receive the findings of the samples tested by the authorities. Hence, it would be inappropriate to comment further.”
“However, we would like to state that each batch of Mother Dairy milk undergoes stringent quality tests at four levels to ensure safe and quality milk is made available for consumption,” the spokesperson said.
The testing had been ordered by the Minister after several MLAs raised the issue of sub-standard milk products being sold in Delhi during the most recent session of the Delhi Assembly last month.
The Minister said that the government was able to expedite the testing process with the recent addition of 18 new food inspectors.