Children in Chandigarh are drinking milk heavily diluted with water as per UT health dept data

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The Hush Post: Little children, who have just stopped taking mother’s milk, school going children in Chandigarh are not drinking quality milk. It is sub-standard. In the past two years, more than 700 samples of milk were found to be of sub-standard quality.

A total of 734 milk samples out of 1,275 tested at the Mobile Food Safety Lab of Chandigarh from April 2016 to July 2018 were found having a low quality. Adulteration was found in one sample, revealed the data of the UT health department.

Also, out of 407 dairy products, two samples were found to be of substandard quality. However, a total of 128 water samples tested were okay.

As per the health officers, Chandigarh was the first city to have begun the concept of Mobile Food Safety Testing Laboratory.

“In 2016, we converted an old ambulance into a food testing laboratory. The concept was appreciated by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), which granted Chandigarh another mobile food safety lab. It has a milk analyser to check 12 parameters and adulteration in milk, sugar content analyser and water tester,” said an officer of the UT health department.

31 per cent food samples substandard

Apart from this, pulses/grains, spices, fats/oil, turmeric, honey and other samples were also tested. Out of 2,392 food products of 17 varieties, 742 were found to be of substandard quality.

“Substandard quality means that water was mixed in these samples or the fat content was not the same as it was claimed while selling the milk product. The one milk sample that was found adulterated, a neutraliser was mixed in it. This sample was unsafe for consumption,” said the officer.

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