FSSAI launches survey on milk and milk products in 766 districts to submit report by December

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) this month launched a nation-wide vigilance survey on milk and milk products to prevent adulteration of these products,  the country’s top food regulator said on Monday. The exercise will continue till October and the regulator is expected to submit its report to the health ministry by December, FSSAI adviser (quality assurance) Satyen K Panda said. The surveillance study covers 766 provinces across the country and will deploy more than 10,000 samples. collected during training. Two agencies have been approached for this. “The Quality Council of India, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and the National Milk Development Board are conducting a study on FSSAI”. The scope of the study covers milk, khoa. , chenna, paneer, ghee, butter, curd and ice cream. 

Test parameters include degrading agents, normal quality and composition indicators, impurities, antibiotic residues and microbiological indicators. The study was initiated to assess the compliance with food safety standards and norms of milk and milk products. sold in the country  and  places where adultery is common. One of the goals of the research is to develop a strategy for corrective measures. The reason for choosing milk was its irreplaceable role in food culture, both as a fresh liquid and as a processed milk product. We hope to present the report on the results of the study to the Health Minister by December, said Panda. Since 2011, the regulator has conducted five investigations into milk and milk products. 

In 2022, FSSAI conducted a milk survey in 12 states, including 10 states with Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD). Moreover, in 2020, a  survey on dairy products by PAN India was conducted, which revealed the true picture of the safety and quality of dairy products sold in the market during festivals. A total of 2,801 samples of dairy products from organized and unorganized sectors in 542 districts. land was collected for the survey in 2020. These products were tested for all quality and safety parameters, including pesticide residues, heavy metals, plant contaminants and melamine.

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