New Delhi, May 5: Twenty-one milk samples, including popular brands Amul, Mother Dairy were found to be “sub-standard” during tests conducted by the Delhi government, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Friday.
However, he hastened to add that these samples were “not unsafe” but they did not have the prescribed levels of components like fat among others.
Speaking to media, Jain stated “Sub-standard means that if the fat content had to be 5 percent, it was only 3 percent. In simple terms, water was mixed. In most of the 21 samples which failed, milk powder was mixed”.
The drive would continue and extend to milk products such as ‘cottage cheese (paneer)’ and ‘khoya’.
Tests were conducted on 177 samples collected from across the national capital between April 13 and 28. Of the 165 samples whose results have arrived, 21 were found to be sub-standard, the Minister told journalists.
“Branded and non-branded were there (in the 21 samples which was sub-standard) and in branded, Amul and Mother Dairy were there,” he added.
Reacting to this, Mother Dairy said it had not received the test findings but insisted that each batch of its milk underwent stringent quality tests at four levels to ensure that safe and quality milk became available for consumption.
“We have recently received Quality Mark certification for all our poly pack milk variants sold in Delhi NCR to ensure our consumers 100 percent conformance to the prescribed norms,” dairy producer firm said in a statement.