A day after the Uttar Pradesh Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found detergent in one of the samples of Mother Dairy’s milk packets, the sample has been sent to Kolkata for a re-test.
“Milk samples collected from Agra have been sent to Kolkata for retesting. The results are awaited,” said MD of Mother Dairy, S Nagarajan.
Mother Dairy has denied any role in the adulteration of milk.
Sandeep Ghosh, the head of Milk, Fruits and Vegetables section at Mother Dairy said, “Mother Dairy milk undergoes four levels of thorough testing at various levels — input, processing, dispatches and even at market level.”
Mother Dairy milk goes through 23 quality tests to check for any contamination through water, urea, detergent and even oil. All this is done before the milk is sent to the plant, explained Ghosh.
On Tuesday Uttar Pradesh FDA Ram Naresh Yadav told PTI, “Results showed that the samples were sub-standard and one of the two contained detergent.”
FDA had picked up these samples from one of the company’s collection centres in Bah, UP in November last year.
Mother Dairy is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Dairy Development Board.
Less than two weeks ago, UP FDA banned Nestle’s popular noodles, Maggi. The state food regulator found excess lead and MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) in the product.
On June 5, Nestle decided to recall Maggi from across the country after several states banned it.
Following the ban on Maggi and other variants of noodles, the national food regulator, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, also rejected the approval of about 500 products which include products marketed by big companies like Starbucks, Kellogs and Venky’s.