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Milk adulteration: TN govt has filed 226 cases since 2011, minister says

Thursday, 22/06/2017

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/milk-adulteration-tn-govt-has-filed-226-cases-since-2011-minister-says/articleshow/59268560.cms

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government has filed 226 cases against people for adulterating milk and milk products in the last six years, state dairy development minister K T Rajenthra Bhalaji informed the assembly on Thursday.

As many as 137 people had been convicted for adulteration of milk and milk products and a total fine of Rs 16.26 lakh had been collected from them, the minister said.

The minister clarified that he had spoken to media about the adulteration only to create awareness among people about the health hazards and not to target any milk company or person.

Replying to a barrage of questions from DMK legislators on milk adulteration, the minister said milk samples in all the 32 districts had been tested between 2011 and 2017.(The minister didn't reveal the total number of samples tested). " As many as 187 samples were of poor quality. "A total of 143 cases were filed, and 81 people have been convicted. Around Rs 10.26 lakh has been collected as fine from these people," said Bhalaji.

Similarly, 338 samples of milk products were taken for testing. Eleven samples were found to be adulterated, and 132 were found to be below quality. "Cases have been filed against 83 people. As many as 56 people have been convicted and Rs 6 lakh has been collected from them as fine," said the minister.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has provided an electronic machine to test milk samples. "With the equipment, 20 milk samples were tested in Chennai. Of these, one was found to be adulterated and one was of below quality. At present, tests are being carried out with the help of this equipment across the state," said the minister.

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