A farmer inspects the quality of milk. — File Photo by Reuters

More than 68 per cent of the milk sold in India does not match the standards set by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the Indian government told the Supreme Court in response to a petition seeking to analyse the sale of synthetic milk and an ambit of other dairy products.

The government told the court in its affidavit in which it referred to an assessment conducted by the FSSAI, which had established that over 68 per cent of the "non-conforming" milk was found in urban areas, out of which 66 per cent was loose milk.

According to the FSSAI's 2011 survey, water was found to be “the most common adulterant” and glucose and skimmed milk powder were added which resulted in being the main cause for “deviation from standards”. Detergent was also found mixed in some samples.

The affidavit was filed after the government was issued a notice on a public interest litigation (PIL) by a group of citizens, led by Swami Achyutanand Tirth of Uttarakhand. The PIL sought for an analysis and check on the sale of synthetic milk and other dairy products.

Notices were also issued to Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Delhi governments on a petition alleging that dairy products were being produced using “urea, detergent, refined oil, caustic soda and white paint” which, according to studies, are "very hazardous" to life and could lead to diseases like cancer.

The petitioners' counsel Anurag Tomar said that the affidavit was quiet on several aspects that supposedly refer to adulteration of dairy products.

The affidavit said that over 83 per cent of the “non-conforming” milk in rural areas was found to be “loose milk”. — Hindustan Times/Press Trust of India

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October 22, 2012 9:47 am
May be in Pakistan, this percentage may be as high as 90%.
October 23, 2012 4:52 pm
Dear Jake, How do u know its been written by an Indian?...most of the time there's a third party who writes this stuff to flare up enemity between two nations, while we fight, he enjoys th show!...usually educated Indians who read these article always comment on the positive side of it...better neglect these comments whether its against India or pakistan.
October 22, 2012 10:56 am
In the mean time all the Indians are busy bashing Pakistan on Dawn
October 22, 2012 5:23 pm
lol.. I never understood why Indians have so much hate and anger in them. This article is about sub-standard milk being sold in the country. Why not discuss the issue, it's ramifications, and remedies. What good is passing comments like "May be in Pakistan, this percentage may be as high as 90%.", it just shows some serious ignorance on the commenters part. I thought those Indians who read foreign news publications, would have more intelligence than this. Pakistan has it's own share of problems, more than many other countries. But this milk problem that India has is pretty bad, and should be looked into, as a whole future generation as well as the current generation in your country could suffer from it.
October 23, 2012 5:07 am
I don't think the state of milk in Pakistan is any different. Considering some of this this milk is consumed by small children and the aged, posing a very serious risk to their health, it is a very serious matter.
October 22, 2012 3:10 pm
Typical Indian thinking.....never except reality instead try to blame others for whatever happens.
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