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MP govt to invoke NSA to curb adulteration in milk, dairy products

Monday, 22/07/2019

BHOPAL: Taking strong note of adulteration in milk and dairy and dairy products in the s ta te, the Crongress-led Kamal Nath government has decided to invoke stringent NAtional Security ACt (NSA) against those involved in the corrupt practive. State health minister Tulsiram Silawat said on Monday that instructions to invoke stringer laws have been issued to the officials to curb malpractive.

"Synthetic milk and dairy products manufactured from the same are very much harmful to the health. The government will not spare anybody involved in the adulteration of food products. We have instructed to invoke NSA against those involved in such malpractive," health minister Silawat told reporters outside the assembly.

Before announcing NSA, Silawat held a close door meeting with chief minister Kamal Nath to apprise him about recent raids conducted in Morena and Gwalior synthetic milk factories and seizure of large-scale adulterated dairy products. The chief minister is learnt to have given a go-ahead for strict action against the frauds. The minister also heald subsequent meeting with the officials of state food and drug administration and health department and instructe to invoke NSA to curb adulteration.

"We have noticed that milk and milk products including mawa, cheese and ghee are being produced using urea and edly chemicals. To curb adulteration, the health department has decided to conduct raids through flying squads in all districts. Now we are invoking stringent laws to cease teh malpractice," said Silawat.

A day before, the health minister told the house that in 2018-19, 148 samples of food products were collected of whihc 29 failed on the test while cases were registered in 21 complaints. The department has also collected 2291 samples from indore and Ujjain of which 548 samples were failed and cases registered against 443 sellers.

"During last two days, 255 samples of milk and dairy products have been collected from licensed shops and an eight-member team has been dispatched to collect samples from milk dairies in Morena, Gwalior and Bhind. Some licenses have also been cancelled. NSA would be invoked after receiving the lab reports," he said.

The minister further said that state government has  instructed the divisional commissioners, district collectors and superintendents of police (SPs) to invoke NSA against all those involved in malpractice and adulteration of milk products. The government will take stringent action and officials who fail to comply with the instructions will have to face disciplinary action," he said.

On last Thursday, the MP special tast force (STF) busted three factories two in Chambal region that was supplying highly toxic syntheti milk to branded packed milk units in five state in connivance with quality control officers and agents. The police arrested 57 persons from Morena, Bhind districts and seized 0 tankers, 11 pickup vans and 2275 kg maltodextrin during the raids.


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