Samples of processed milk fail quality, safety standards: FSSAI study

NEW DELHI: Not only raw milk but even processed milk, including that of the leading brands, have not met the prescribed quality and safety standards, food regulator FSSAI said in a study.

By posting the study here on Friday, the CEO of the Indian Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI), Pawan Agarwal, said that more than adulteration, pollution was a serious problem since substances such as aflatoxin-M1, Antibiotics and pesticides were found more in processed milk samples.

To verify this, the regulator has ordered the organized dairy sector to strictly comply with quality standards and establish 'testing and inspection' throughout the value chain by January 1, 2020, he added.

The FSSAI study collected a total of 6,432 milk samples from 1,103 towns and cities between May and October 2018 in all states and territories of the union. Milk samples were collected from organized and unorganized sectors.