How secure is your milk to drink? Consultants warning towards contamination

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By: PTI Written by Pallava Bagla
| New Delhi |

March 6, 2016 9:30:31 am





 

milk, drinking milk, testing purity of milk, milk adulteration, adulterated milk, milk testing, milk testing kit An affordable milk testing equipment has been developed by the Defence Meals Analysis Laboratory (DFRL) in Mysuru. Categorical information

India is right now the world’s largest producer of milk because of the white revolution. But greater than two thirds of the milk in India doesn’t meet the meals security requirements. Adulteration of milk is rampant, a startling six per cent of the samples examined in 2015 by the Ministry of Well being had presence of ‘detergents’ in them confirming that ‘artificial milk’ is a big downside.

For a lay particular person attempting to distinguish between contaminated and pure milk is a tall order and solely particular chemical checks can reveal the reality. Contaminated milk is usually a enormous well being hazard particularly when it has been laced with urea, detergents and different poisonous chemical compounds. With the pageant of Holi not far away, it’s time to be alert concerning the risks of milk contamination.

Now an inexpensive milk testing equipment has been developed by the Defence Meals Analysis Laboratory (DFRL) in Mysuru, which is part of the large Defence Analysis and Improvement Organisation (DRDO). This equipment, which even an untrained particular person can use at dwelling, helps inside minutes detect contamination of six widespread adulterants in milk.

Not too long ago as a part of one other initiative, Union Minister for Science & Expertise and Earth Sciences Harsh Vardhan unveiled one other devoted system for the detection of adulteration and evaluation of milk, developed by Central Electronics Engineering Analysis Institute (CSIR-CEERI), Pilani.

In accordance with Vardhan, “The gravity of the scenario had been such that the Nationwide Institute for Remodeling India (NITI Aayog) recognized the issue of detecting adulteration within the milk inside three minutes at Rs four or much less, as one of many grand problem areas being thought of beneath the ‘Atal Innovation Mission’.

On this backdrop, the Vardhan appreciated the initiative of CSIR for creating and deploying this expertise resolution, ‘Ksheer-Scanner’, which instantaneously detects the above- recognized adulterants in milk. It’s a low-cost transportable system with user-friendly options. It permits detection of contaminants in simply 40-45 seconds on the per pattern value of lower than 50 paise.

Earlier, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh whereas talking at Nationwide Dairy Analysis Institute, Karnal, Haryana stated, “India stands first on international milk product state of affairs. Milk manufacturing has been elevated from 137.68 million tonne in 2013-14 to 146.31 million tonne in 2014-15. For the primary time there’s a file enhancement of milk manufacturing as 6.three per cent whereas on worldwide state of affairs there may be solely an increment of two.2 % enhancement of milk manufacturing.” (MORE) PTI COR ZMN
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