The Uttar Pradesh Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday, “It has found detergent powder in one of the samples of Mother Dairy’s milk packets, a claim contested by the Delhi-based company”.
Two samples of the milk produced by Delhi Based milk company Mother Dairy result have been found to be sub-standard, and one of them contained detergent, UP FDA official in Agra, Ram Naresh Yadav, told PTI on Tuesday.
A Mother Dairy official denied all these charges, saying the company conducts “stringent quality tests”, and the substandard milk was wrongly attributed to it.
Ram Naresh Yadav, chief of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) department in Agra, said two samples were taken from Mother Dairy’s collection centres in Bah tehsil, 70 km from Agra city, in November 2014.
“The samples had been picked up from Mother Dairy’s collection centres in Bah in November 2014. The samples were first sent to the Lucknow laboratory which declared both of them substandard. The company challenged the results and demanded the samples be sent to the Kolkata lab, which too found them defective. In fact, the Kolkata lab found one sample contained detergent,” Yadav said.
However, a Mother Dairy official denied that the milk supplied in pouches was substandard.
Sandeep Ghosh, the business head of Milk, Fruits and Vegetables Section at Mother Dairy Pvt. Ltd. in Delhi, Told IANS, “It is very unfortunate that the samples collected at the village level are being wrongly attributed to Mother Dairy, Mother Dairy milk undergoes four levels of thorough testing at various levels-input, processing, dispatches and even at market level. Every tanker of milk reaching at plants passes a series of 23 stringent quality tests to check any deviation from defined parameters”, he said.
“These tests assist in detecting contamination of milk through water, urea, detergent, oil, etc. For any such adulteration, the milk is immediately rejected from further action. Only after securing clearance from all quality measures, the milk is then accepted for processing and re-examined after processing,” Ghosh said.
“For any such adulteration, the milk is immediately rejected from further action,” Sandeep Ghosh added.
The Mother Dairy official said that as a “responsible organisation”, they follow “100 percent testing protocol rather than resorting to random testing procedures”.
“To ensure only healthy, best and safe quality milk reaches our consumers, we make sure that every batch of milk is again tested before dispatch.”
He also said Mother Dairy follows a “unique practice” of testing its own milk at retail points too.
“Approximately hundred (100) samples from the market are tested on a daily basis, thus ensuring that the products available are safe for consumption,” Sandeep Ghosh said.
The spokesperson said supplies were often rejected by the company if found to be substandard.
“The rejections of milk are due to quality concerns and may vary. We rejected 10 milk tankers in December 2014. The rejected milk is not permitted inside our premises and returned back to suppliers,” the official said.