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India, New Delhi: FSSAI should tackle milk adulteration problem with urgency

Once again, the issue of milk adulteration has reared its head. In the course of an ongoing public interest litigation in the Supreme Court, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has given details of a survey it had done on adulteration of milk. As suspected, it found a large number of samples it had collected from all over the country to be sub-standard or adulterated.

Mixing of water with milk to dilute it has been going on for ages, as we know. This practice may be relatively harmless since adulteration with water does not make milk unsafe or unhealthy. However, it reduces its nutrition value and might affect those who solely depend on milk for supply of nutrients. If the water added is contaminated it could even be dangerous and cause water-borne diseases.

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