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Sale of Adulterated Milk Goes on Unchecked

13 January 2017

PAKISTAN - Consumers have been consuming milk adulterated with chemicals and contaminated water causing various diseases, particularly among children.

Around 80 per cent of the milk was being brought from Punjab to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and distributed to dealers without any test for the quality. The milk was shifted in water tankers to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and was being distributed among hundreds of milk selling shops in Peshawar and elsewhere.

The administration did not bother to check the quality of the milk despite the fact that the Punjab government had confiscated hundreds of liters of adulterated milk and disposed it off.Some of the businessmen associated with the milk business in Charsadda and Mardan told this scribe that the milk brought from Punjab has affected their business. They said the milk being brought from Punjab was available at low price and the local milkmen preferred it to make high profit.

“We purchase 50 kilos of milk for Rs4,200 from the local milkmen while the price of the same amount of milk brought from Punjab is Rs2,600 only,” said a dealer. He said the milk purchased from dairy farms and local milkmen got spoiled after a few hours but the milk adulterated with chemicals can remain fresh for 48 hours.

Recently the Punjab Food Authority informed the Supreme Court of Pakistan in a case regarding the use of chemicals and water in milk that reputed milk selling companies and domestic dealers were involved in the selling of unhygienic milk. Its officials told the court that these companies and domestic dealers adulterated the milk with detergent powder, chemicals and water.

Source: The News

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