Fourteen out of 73 samples of milk which were tested at a special camp conducted by the food safety and drug administration department in Melur were found substandard, states a report on Times of India. The camp was held on Monday.
According to reports, the camp was set up to assess the quality of milk consumed in that area. The samples that were tested were supplied by milkmen. Only one of the products tested was packaged milk. While there was no adulteration in terms of mixing chemicals in the milk, the fat level and solid fat content was lesser than required.
An official told ToI that this could be either because water was mixed with the milk or due to the cow's nutrition deficiency. The samples will now be sent to a lab at Guindy in Chennai for further testing and required action will be taken accordingly. Officials will be using addresses provided by consumers who came with samples to trace the milk supplier.
They have, as per the report, been empowered to take action against milkmen for adulteration. If the outcome of the test is substandard, they are likely to initiate action through the DRO court.
The test that are being conducted on samples from local milkmen comes at a time when Dairy Development Minister Rajenthra Balaji has alleged that milk sold by private companies could cause cancer. Following this, there were reports that suggested that the state's residents were beginning to rely more on their local milkmen despite the milk being priced higher. These allegations of the milk being substandard however, now raise fresh questions.