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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Mother Dairy Milk Found to Contain Detergent; FSDA, UP

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Possible time of origin : June 16, 2015

Circulation platforms : Web, News and Social Media

Circulation geography : India

Original Message Version Under Analysis:
Top milk-product brand Mother dairy may face a huge embarrassment after two of its milk samples have reportedly been found to be ‘substandard’. A food watchdog officer also said on Tuesday that one of the samples contained detergent.
However, the allegations were denied by Mother Dairy official claiming that the substandard milk was wrongly attributed to it as the company conducts ‘stringent quality’ tests.
Chief of the Food and Drug Administration department in Agra, Ram Naresh Yadav, told IANS that two samples were collected from Mother Dairy’s collection centres in Bah tehsil, 70 km from Agra city, in November 2014.

Message Courtesy News Hour India  


Analysis by Merofact Awareness Team:



The Uttar Pradesh Foodsafety and Drug Administration is on a rampage to clean up packaged food products swarming in the Indian market. After Nestle Maggi, this time they founprominent milk-product brand Mother Dairy to be guilty of selling "substandard" milk. 
UP FSDA official in Agra, Ram Naresh Yadav, said to the Press including Daily Mail and Huffingtonpost on last Tuesday that it has found detergent in a sample of milk taken from Mother Dairy's collection centre at Bah near Agra during November 2014. Results showed that the samples were sub-standard and one of the two samples contained detergent. Times of India quoted the same official Ram Naresh Yadav from UP FSDA saying "We have started the process of cancelling the licence for Mother Dairy's Shahpur plant at Bah tehsil for using detergent in milk. Besides, a penalty of Rs 5 lakh will be imposed on the brand's Gajauraha plant for producing substandard quality of milk. An FIR will be registered against them under section 59 (1) of the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 (selling unsafe food items) with the court of additional chief judicial magistrate."To note, Mother Dairy was established in 1974 as a wholly owned subsidiary of National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), India. It is not yet clear how their "Cow to Consumer" transit path got breached and detergent got into the milk sample tested. 

One more thing, why UP FSDA working on samples collected in 2014 (let it be Maggi instant noodles or Mother Dairy Milk) and releasing the results so late? Was the laboratory tests take so long and the samples were utilizable till now for the processing and testing? If the tests had been done much early (just after collecting the samples and before they expire), why on earth they took so long to come to press. Responsibility of all damages occurred to all the consumers who consumed theses adulterated food products ignorantly should be on UP FSDA for not taking necessary actions and not disclosing the important information in a timely manner. We also checked the UP FSDA website, specially the "Weekly -Lab Reports" section. As of today, in their own website we found the Lab reports has last been updated on September 2013, i.e. nearly two years back!

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