Food regulator to conduct nationwide inquiry into milk and dairy products, here’s why

Is the milk we drink pure or adulterated? We have often pondered the answer to this question, and now we can get some clarity. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has announced its intention to conduct surveillance solely focused on milk and dairy products. In a statement released on May 25, the country’s food regulator said it would conduct a nationwide investigation to crack down on the adulteration of milk and dairy products. The pan-Indian effort will focus on milk and dairy products like khoa, chhena, paneer, ghee, butter, curd, and ice cream, according to the press release. Samples will be collected from organized and unorganized sectors in all states and union territories across the country.

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So why did the FSSAI choose milk to conduct the national survey? “The rationale for choosing milk is due to its indispensable role in our food culture, either as a fresh liquid or as processed dairy products. Milk contains essential micronutrients and macronutrients. People of all age groups include milk or milk products in their daily diet. lifestyles and growing health awareness are major growth drivers for milk and milk products in India,” FSSAI said.

Dairy products will be the focus of this FSSAI investigation. Photo credit: iStock

The objective of the FSSAI is to assess the compliance of milk and dairy products sold in the country with quality and safety parameters, identify adulteration hotspots, design corrective actions or strategies based on the results, and suggest a way forward.
Previously, the FSSAI also conducted pan-India milk surveys in 2020 and 2022. The milk was tested for pesticide residues, heavy metals, and antibiotics. The results of these surveys indicated that the milk was largely safe for consumption in these states.

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