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ISLAMABAD: After conducting tests on 16 brands of packaged milk given Ultra High Temperature (UHT) and pasteurisation treatment, the Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) has found that only six are safe for consumption, the National Assembly was told on Monday.

Dairy companies use UHT treatment to increase the shelf life of packaged milk. For UHT treatment, milk is heated to above 135 degrees Celsius to kill harmful bacteria. Pasteurisation is a similar process, but involves lower temperatures and seeks to preserve microbes that are good for human consumption while eliminating harmful ones.

During a question-answer session in the National Assembly, the Minister of Science and Technology, Rana Tanveer Hussein told the house in a written reply that the PCSIR had conducted tests on 16 brands of packaged and liquid milk on the directives of the Supreme Court.

He said six brands in the UHT category were tested, including Olper's, Nestle, Milk Pak, Day Fresh, Good Milk, Nurpur Original and Haleeb Full Cream.

“All the UHT milk brands’ samples were found safe except Haleeb Milk, which contains formalin and cane sugar,” the minister said.

The minister said samples from 10 brands of pasteurised milk were also examined, including Anhar Milk, Daily Dairy, Doce Milk, Gourmet Milk, Nurpur, Nutrivi, Al-Fajar, Accha Milk, Prema Milk and Adams.

“Of these, only Prema Milk was found safe for consumption,” he said.

The above findings were also included in a report on the quality of milk submitted to the Supreme Court in Dec 2016 by the Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.

The Supreme Court has been hearing a petition filed by Barrister Zafarullah Khan against the sale of substandard milk and drinking water in the country.

Barrister Zafarullah Khan had claimed in his petition that Pakistani citizens have been consuming milk adulterated with different chemicals, including detergent powder. He said the use of contaminated and substandard milk has been leading to serious diseases such as cancer and hepatitis-C in humans, and asked the court to ban the use of contaminated and adulterated milk and water.

The apex court had on September 16, 2016 ordered the University of Agriculture Faisalabad, the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore and the PCSIR to conduct a chemical examination of all domestic and international brands of packed milk available in the market.

Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar — who has been hearing the case since it was taken up — had instructed representatives of the three institutions to conduct a thorough analysis of the milk samples without any fear and leniency as the matter involved the lives of children.

A version of this was published in Dawn, January 31st, 2017

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Ahsan Gul Jan 31, 2017 09:37am

How can these milk factory owners sleep peacefully at night knowing that our innocent children are drinking contaminated milk. Very inhuman and cruel act.

Faisal Jan 31, 2017 09:52am

Ban the rest of unhealthy brand or the report is enough?

JP Jan 31, 2017 09:55am

Formalin in milk??? It is carcinogenic!!!

RIZ Jan 31, 2017 10:10am

why don't they ban the brand which are not safe for consumption??? who is stopping them??

AUD Jan 31, 2017 10:05am

ok fair enough but what action government or food regularity authority is considering against Haleeb Milk ???

Sa Jan 31, 2017 10:25am

We need a federal FDA in Pakistan

Bystander Jan 31, 2017 10:35am

@RIZ why you people are very quick to get to the conclusions?

Sameer Jan 31, 2017 10:41am

@RIZ its a strategy...like PEC.The wouldnt accredit a university until their pockets were filled. Seen it with my own eyes.

Jalbani Baloch Jan 31, 2017 10:50am

The concerned regulatory authority should simply order for removal of all identified milks from the shelf of stores throughout the country, and revoke the license of these milk provider for playing with the lives of people and register criminal case against the responsible companies.

Sindhi_in_Sindh Jan 31, 2017 10:46am

@Bystander quick to conclusion? This is not an opinion story - its the results of a research report. If something's unfit for human consumption, then its unfit. Period.

Naxalite Jan 31, 2017 10:51am

So should we trust ministers?

Make Pakistan great Jan 31, 2017 11:01am

@RIZ

It is being left to the ordinary masses to avoid purchasing unsafe milk. How many people read newspapers so that they may learn about this report and buy only milk that have been declared safe for consumption?

Ahmed bin Babar Jan 31, 2017 11:04am

Why health & food departments remain passive in carrying out their bona fide duties of instant checks of food items on daily basis, specially the street vendors and other non serious traders to ensure the civic health and save the national & provincial budgets spent on health..? Or we must go to the apex courts to get our basic right to good health ensured..?!

Waheed Jan 31, 2017 11:12am

Please get second opinion by sending these samples to international council for further evaluation, I bet many more will become unfit.

Viking Star Jan 31, 2017 11:49am

Better late than never. These tests should be carried out on a regular basis on all human consumption products (food and drugs), just like the FDA is doing. Unfit products should be banned and manufacturers penalized.

Sane Jan 31, 2017 12:00pm

For God's sake.. keep this check and tests a regular function and public these reports on at least quarterly basis.

Sane Jan 31, 2017 12:07pm

Why does not the screaming tv channels run a package to reveal these brands. Oh.. they are their clients.

Farooq Khan Jan 31, 2017 12:11pm

WOW! Isn't it a bad news? Companies worth billion of Rs. are openly involved in these scams.

Junaid Jan 31, 2017 12:36pm

Lets all blame to govt for this as all the testing labs were sleeping and the whole country was more intrested in what Imran Khan is doing on the road.

Umair Ansari Jan 31, 2017 12:34pm

Thanks God i am using Olper Milk... That means i am safe

akhun Jan 31, 2017 12:52pm

The ones declared safe are the ones that have paid hard cash to the government department and PCSIR. I would recommend never use this packed white poison of any company.

For many years, in USA the doctors themselves were claiming that smoking is good for health. It was lobby working for smoking with high payouts. Same is going in on in Pakistan for vegetable oil, ghee and "Healthy Packed white Poison".

salar Jan 31, 2017 12:56pm

Well, part of the issue is that what will you do with all the dood walas in the country? We actually do not have a national standard on milk or most foods in general. The disgusting broiler chicken we eat is a manufactured fast growing monster that probably does more damage to us than help in the long run. Those chickens are literally fed garbage to raise them. I'm not saying that it's all upside down, but we as a country need to come up with a standard on all foods. Remember, this means higher costs, but public safety. The west has been through this issue a long time ago, we should start considering it. At the same time, I am also concerned with the growth of large corporations and killing of small businesses and owners. It's a tough one to tackle.

Abuzar Jan 31, 2017 12:58pm

All local companies got banned, only multinationals are cleared.

sudhir Jan 31, 2017 01:15pm

India has Food saftey and Standard Authority of India..

talha Altaf Jan 31, 2017 01:25pm

The most remorseful situation is that highly literate people prefer to use loose milk over packed milk because they are highly convinced that "UREA" is added to preserve packed milk. This is a huge misconception about packed milk because it is not conserved by adding preservatives but its is processed i.e. heated at high temperature for a few seconds. For people who are unable to get fresh milk then believe me, loose milk should not be considered as an option.

Ijaz Jan 31, 2017 01:24pm

Where is Ayesha Mumtaz?

whoami Jan 31, 2017 01:33pm

Hopeless

Houlbelat Jan 31, 2017 01:38pm

All brands of UHT milk except Haleeb are good while all brands of pasteurized except Prema are bad for human consumption. Now, this is the responsibility of the Government to ban all the brands not fit for human consumption.

Houlbelat Jan 31, 2017 01:43pm

@Ahsan Gul: It is simple. They never consume their own brand of milk even free and sleep peacefully.

Gerry D'Cunha Jan 31, 2017 01:38pm

Unhealthy brand milk will still be selling in the market under the very nose of the food department.

Ali Jan 31, 2017 01:45pm

Nothing beats the doodhWalla

D.K. PAMNANI Jan 31, 2017 01:50pm

Very inhuman. It is also in India.

khurram shahzad Jan 31, 2017 02:33pm

These results still looks suspicious to me as UHT treated milk are never safe for consumption.

MEDIOCRE Jan 31, 2017 02:32pm

These unfit for consumption brands not only be ban rather the owners of these brands should also be behind the bars. Otherwise they will keep coming in the future with new brand names and selling poisons to our children.

R. Kannan Jan 31, 2017 02:47pm

@JP Formalin is an effective biocide and is probably added for that reason. However, you are spot on that it is carcinogenic and can cause severe problems.

Riaz Ahmad Jan 31, 2017 02:47pm

@Ahsan Gul Except for a very small minority, the milk sellers along with milk buyers sleep sound at night except for the poor who worry about next days food at night. When ethics and morals do not exist in a society, it simply has no conscience. People with ethics and morals would have surrounded the milk producing plants in protest, making their anger and disgust visible to all the nation.

Raja T Khan Jan 31, 2017 02:55pm

We follow the west on mobile technology, clothes etc why cant be follow them on food hygiene standards???!!!

Khawaja Jan 31, 2017 02:59pm

Even before the minister presented his findings to the national assembly all the sub-standard should have been banned and sales of such brands should have been prohibited. Do we have any standards for foods and drinks in Pakistan?

Waheed Jamal Jan 31, 2017 03:21pm

I don't have any goat at my home. If we keep a goat in home we can get healthy milk.

Wajih Uddin Qidwai Jan 31, 2017 03:29pm

Believe to whom?

Umar Jan 31, 2017 03:29pm

@RIZ the politicians off course no law in place to combat this menace to the society it affects everybody learn from other countries don't vote these corrupt politicians in again and you will see the result inshaallaha

Shahid Jan 31, 2017 03:45pm

Information/report alone is meaningless if it is not followed by 'action'. While those who come across these test results may take some action on their part, i.e, avoid consuming the named 'unsafe' brands, why don't authorities tasked this oversight take proper action promptly. Polluted air, polluted water and polluted environment. And now this. Where does it all ends.

NADEEM AHMED Jan 31, 2017 04:10pm

rich companies, rich bribes, result is safe poor companies, no bribe, result is banned.

Saad Jan 31, 2017 04:07pm

I do not think a vast majority consumes the packed milk. The real issue lies with the open milk "Gawalas" and no one is there to check what mess they make with the milk before it ends up in our homes!

hUMBLE Jan 31, 2017 04:18pm

A few days ago even these milk brands were being considered as unhygienic and unfit for human consumption for drinking ...now what has changed in a week that they have suddenly passed all test and now are fit for drinking ....God Who to trust...i am going crazy

Ghaffar Jan 31, 2017 04:27pm

I wonder why even federal Government not bother to establish federal FDA, knowing adulterated food is being fed to whole nation.

Saif Zulfiqar Jan 31, 2017 04:36pm

Now people know which milk is good for health and which are not. So use the good one.

healthcare tip Jan 31, 2017 04:36pm

Easy solution-use non dairy milk like soy-milk or coconut-milk which can be made at home. By this way keep yourself safe from carcinogen, pathogens and pus cells. Big market exists in Pakistan for production and marketing of non dairy milk.

Babar Jan 31, 2017 04:42pm

After so what has happening, major brand suppliers must have become alert and if doing anything wrong must have suspended for the time being. They should on different time intervals surprizely be visited. It should totally be a surprised visit as they are informers always there.

asgher Jan 31, 2017 04:53pm

They are selling chemicals in the name of milk and this has a direct impact on our kids, our future!

NBa Jan 31, 2017 04:54pm

I Milk factories r playing their cards

irfan uk Jan 31, 2017 05:10pm

First ban ALL the sub standard milk companies with immediate effect and then put the culprits into jail and also name and shame them. This is the least we need to do.

Muzaffar Ali Jan 31, 2017 05:21pm

Formalin is cancerous.....pure poison.

Logicaldude Jan 31, 2017 05:22pm

We request that institutions that carried out the testing simply publish a summary of findings in Urdu in newspapers. Identifying the brands.

Jaff Jan 31, 2017 05:35pm

Anhar Milk belongs to ruling PML(N) Leaders. See the state of affairs!!!!

cautious Jan 31, 2017 05:30pm

Pasteurized milk is the norm in the Western World and completely safe - but it's kept refrigerated.

Just Someone Jan 31, 2017 05:41pm

Good step. But why still ban Careem and Uber.

Miqbal rangoonwala Jan 31, 2017 05:41pm

This is corrupt pakistan

jes Jan 31, 2017 06:01pm

i remember all these now declared safe brands were harmful few weeks/months ago and now suddenly these are safe?

A R daroowala Jan 31, 2017 06:23pm

Nice posts.

Naxalite Jan 31, 2017 06:55pm

@Umair Ansari Good Forward Thinking. Well think beyond yourself sometime too!

aslam shaikh1 Jan 31, 2017 07:07pm

Even some of the UHT brands listed here are not good. Put them in fridge and you will see them thinken everyday more and more

tAHIR GONDAL Jan 31, 2017 07:18pm

MultinationalS COMPANIES INTEREST SHOULD BE REGARDED AS National SECURITY INTEREST

Fazal Karim Jan 31, 2017 07:48pm

Why government did not conduct the exercise of testing milk and water itself and court had to step in. Who is responsible for the damage done so far. Such governments need to be dismissed.

Sarkar Jan 31, 2017 07:57pm

Is Govt. going to take any action against sub standard milk producers?

Khalid Saeed Jan 31, 2017 08:17pm

Can we trust the reliability of results? Only wished some independent body compared the results of PCSIR with credible laboratories of other countries. Not defending the corrupt industry, but raising question mark on the credibility of results.

Fayzee Jan 31, 2017 08:55pm

Has any action been taken after the report? The ministry should conduct raids and confiscate all the contaminated products from the market and seal the plants immediately.

Farooq Khan Jan 31, 2017 09:05pm

I believe and i know that These Labs always make deal with the brands ( Which were given fit certificate for human consumption) and get enough undertable money to declare them as safe. They did thousands time already in the past.

Farooq Khan Jan 31, 2017 09:18pm

@Naxalite The answer is no. Those brands which are cleared to be safe for human consumption, did paid to minister as well as to labs too. and their is no doubt about it.

Farooq Khan Jan 31, 2017 09:19pm

@Wajih Uddin Qidwai none of milk brand is to trusted except prema milk.

Farooq Khan Jan 31, 2017 09:19pm

@Khalid Saeed if it ever been tested in any reliable foreign lab. i am dead sure all of these cleared milk brands will also be found as unfit and dangerous for human consumption.

Iftikhar Bhutta Jan 31, 2017 10:04pm

Ban rest of unhealthy brands of milk .

Farooq shaikh Jan 31, 2017 10:15pm

@salar ,I agree with you sad part is pakistan is lawless country, jis lathe us keep bhans

Satya Jan 31, 2017 10:24pm

Even India we have this problem but we have international famous brands like Amul which we can trust.

ahmad Jan 31, 2017 10:36pm

@Ahmed bin Babar agreed

SB Jan 31, 2017 10:39pm

@khurram shahzad: The same report to the SC mentions the findings of the University of Vetrinary and Animal Sciences stating that heavy metal components were found in the UHT treated samples of Nestle Milk Pak, Day Fresh, Good Milk, Haleeb Milk and Nurpur contained heavy metal components. These brands have been issued notices as well.

Zak Jan 31, 2017 11:30pm

No doubt our politicians and their families enjoy imported Dutch milk. 

Sami khan Jan 31, 2017 11:35pm

@Ahmed bin Babar Because they are corrupt

Zak Jan 31, 2017 11:42pm

@Saad no one is there to check anyone should be right, what we see daily.

asif Feb 01, 2017 12:09am

these 6 conpanies would have given the enough amount to clear their products safe.

Sukhera Feb 01, 2017 01:13am

Why supreme court has to intervene and call for investigation of the milk quality?Where is the Food and health department whose primary job/duty is to constantly check the quality of the milk and make sure the milk is safe to consume and if it's unsafe it should be banned and removed from the grocery stores immediately and the company fined. If the Dept is not performing their job, why we keep paying them? Let us send them home. Secondly this report by the minister is incomplete and does not provide any detail analysis of the milk.The report should include exactly what they found in the milk which is harmful. Few years ago milk contamination was reported in China, the scandal involved milk and infant formula along with other food materials and components being adulterated with melamine by Sanlu Group.Sixteen babies were found with Kidney stones.In the criminal investigation two people were executed, employees of the supervison department were fired, that,s exactly what we need.

Gulshan Khera Feb 01, 2017 02:17am

@Shahid It is all a matter of BRIBERY!

Yawar Feb 01, 2017 02:51am

Banning an adulterated product is not enough. Those responsible need to be put in jail.

MoTh Feb 01, 2017 04:18am

Please do this kind of reporting for every food product and please let Pakistanis know who is dishonest and criminal and who is honest. Good job.

MUldoon Feb 01, 2017 04:33am

The human body isn't designed to consume milk beyond the first few years. The function of milk across mammal species is to provide nutrition for accelerated growth of infants.

However if you do decide to drink milk that is intended for another animal's baby, you should be aware that pasteurization kills off all the beneficial organisms too. UHT milk is even worse than pasteurized.

Milk is bad. Pasteurized is worse. UHT is even worse

flipflop Feb 01, 2017 05:20am

So are they banning the brands or its just for research purposes ? Usually companies are given 24 hours to file supporting documents and if they fail they are forced to discontinue or their factories are are forced to shut down.

kashif Feb 01, 2017 05:14am

what are the proofs that the remaining products are safe except haleeb?

Javed Rahman Feb 01, 2017 07:32am

@Ahsan Gul these Peoples are playing with innocent lives of our children and our future should be in deep trouble.

Muhammad Qurban Feb 01, 2017 08:20am

What a shame that people have to look up to Supreme Court for matters that govts attend to as a matter of routine. An official active in raiding and destroying manufactured milk was reportedly removed and subjected to vicious defamation campaign.

sANTIAGO MUNEZ Feb 01, 2017 08:35am

Take strong action against the unfit brands and also the safe brands should take strong actions against the stupid media who circulates fake news even when the final report was not submitted to the Court.

aM Feb 01, 2017 09:24am

I used to work for Haleeb Foods and i still remember how they wanted to follow islamic values and didn't want a women to be without a dupatta in their TV commercials as they were proud to state that they truly followed Islamic Values. I find it ironic now that they are the only brand that has impurities i.e. formalin and cane sugar. Hypocrisy and Misogyny at its peak.

Mango man Feb 01, 2017 10:10am

Why not make this a annual or binneal exercise. Take random samples from randomly selected towns each year and publish the results. Let the consumer make an informed decision as to what they wanna buy. The market will automatically throw out the unworthy and force the others to keep in line. Just taking government enforced measures will result in closure of manufacturing units and loss of capacity. Government enforcement should be used only in case of repeat violations.

imran Feb 01, 2017 12:20pm

the lab reports did not properly address the real question whether the products fall within the definition of “milk” as described under the national and international standards as nutritional contents like milk fat, protein and lactose had not been determined to ensure whether these nutrients were within standard ranges.

The report maintains that the result of the 11 samples indicated that these were not of milk but have been made to look like the natural product with a high concentration of fat.

Sz Feb 01, 2017 03:04pm

@Junaid Just for your information 'Anhaar Milk' on of the contaminated one is owned by your dear leader's family. i.e.Hamza Shabaz.

It's probably Imran khan's fault :D

Shazia Bangash Feb 01, 2017 05:14pm

Have those 6 brands ever advertised in daily newspapers?

Roger Feb 01, 2017 06:05pm

This is actually good for Pakistan. In South Asia, the food and beverage industry has been taking the population for a ride for decades. The situation would not be different in India. Good. Hope your SC takes some stern steps.

my Comments Feb 01, 2017 06:46pm

It means that general public has been using contaminated milk for many years, but health inspectors either did not know about it or simply did not care. Would any responsible officer in food inspection be punished or resign on the negligence?

Sukhera Feb 01, 2017 09:22pm

@MUldoon. Why you make these false accusations which has no scientific evidence.Are you a doctor or a scientist who has completed a study on this matter. FYI Milk is one of the best sources of calcium for the body. Milk is filled with Vitamin D that helps the body absorb calcium. Proper calcium intake contributes to strong and healthy bones. Drinking milk provides other benefits such as healthy teeth, rehydration and improves vitamin intake.Phosphorus is needed in the proper ratio to calcium to form bone. Milk provides these two minerals in approximately the same ratio as found in bone. Milk is also a significant source of riboflavin (vitamin B2) which helps promote healthy skin and eyes, as well as vitamins A and D. Why you want to take a risk and avoid milk which provides so many benefits for the human body and has been used by human beings for centuries.

Mirza Feb 01, 2017 10:12pm

VOTE FOR PAKISTAN VOTE FOR SHER.

shahid Latif Feb 01, 2017 10:37pm

@Faisal Agree

SAM Feb 02, 2017 08:49am

@Satya I had Amul cheese once its was the worst cheese I ever had

SAM Feb 02, 2017 09:01am

@sudhir "India has Food safety and Standard Authority of India.." I was not too long ago and in India hygienic standards are worse then Pakistan. Clips of it are all over on the net.

Iffat Feb 02, 2017 10:03am

I recently moved to Pakistan and was told by the well wishers ,not to consume packaged milk for the sake of my children.this advise came from different corners ,so in my house we may go without milk but never buy packaged milk.i remember reading in dawn many many years ago same things about pasteurised milk,the case was being heard at some court and court said ..it considered the amount of chemical substances safe for consumption,melamine was in the list.it baffles me how companies can be allowed to adulter milk!no wonder cancer is on rise in Pakistan,especially surprising/unsurprising is the fact that gastrointestinal cancer is becoming a leading cancer in Pakistan and that too in a very young age.we have to take ourselves the responsibility of what we and our children eat for start.sadly if poultry is not safe safe to consume so goes for fruits and vegetables too which are soaked with pesticides,wel known carcinogen.i wonder even peeling of the skin removes all the chemicals.

AS IF Feb 02, 2017 10:07am

I won't trust government lab tests with milk or any other produce. Best send samples overseas to see how they compare with international standards.

m.asif Feb 02, 2017 05:10pm

Unfortunate no national standard for anything except corruption. Air, water highly polluted, meat from sick,dead and forbidden animals that include cats and dogs. Food products adulterated by addition of impurities and unhealthy foreing substances. No morality and no laws. What is left? They shoot the culprits in china and severely punished in the west. In Pakistan brands are changed . This will happen in case of milk. Good luck people sick or die.

K Khan Feb 02, 2017 05:14pm

Milk is NOT supposed to have fiber. However, Olpers label says that it has fiber.

Rabia Naz Khan Feb 02, 2017 07:37pm

Test should also be conducted to measure the nutrition level of each milk. Is there any nutrition benefit to consume packages milk.

R S Chakravarti Feb 03, 2017 02:32pm

@SAM Indian food standards are bad like Pakistan's. But worse? How do you know?

Shakeel Ahmad Feb 03, 2017 02:58pm

Those who paid are fit.. those who refused, are unfit...