News on Adulterated Milk

Technology that ensures food safety and nutrition
Thursday, 28/08/2014


http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/business/28-Aug-2014/technology-that-ensures-food-safety-and-nutrition

The business of adulteration in milk, beverages, oil and ghee, spices, flour and other food and beverage products has assumed massive proportions in the country. It has indeed become a full time business, with those involved in it being least concerned with the severe health risks they are passing on to consumers.

According to the Food Department, adulterated eatables are commonly being provided to the citizens throughout the country and especially in big cities. A district government found 90 percent of milk samples to be adulterated with large quantity of unhygienic and often untreated water, whereas beverages and fruit juices sold in loose form are also included in the list of adulterated items. Even fake beverage bottles of international brands are available in the market.

Apart from adulteration in food items, other items of low quality are being provided in the market for sale. Again according to the Food Department, the business of producing and selling adulterated spices, confectionary, honey and bakery items is thriving. Out of some 24,244 samples of various food items that were collected, 11,832 were found adulterated. The main cause of the rise in adulteration is that existing laws are not being implemented and the concerned authorities seem to be least interested in checking this menace. 

It is needed important that laws should be implemented impartially and fairly. While the Government plans and executes its own policy, the consumers can both protect themselves against adulterated items and hasten the end of this illegal and immoral activity by preferring to buy food and beverage items in sealed packing. Packaged food can be kept safely for a much longer period and it eliminates the possibility of adulteration and the presence of disease causing organisms. 

On the face of it packaged food may seem to be more expensive than loose supplied food. But the difference is indeed a small price to pay when the serious health risks associated with loose food items is concerned; risks that spell all sorts of diseases and even fatality. This is especially true for milk, which is consumed in every household. Tetra Pak packaged milk is Ultra Heat Treated (UHT) that ensures that all bacteria and disease causing organisms present in the raw milk are killed. Loose milk is not only adulterated with water of dubious quality, it is also exposed to dust and light, both of which cause rapid deterioration.

Thus by opting for packaged milk, juices and other food items, consumers are not only saving their own health, but they are also reducing business opportunities for adulterers and hopefully putting an end to adulteration altogether in the long run.  

The primary sealed packaging technology in the world today is what is known as Tetra Pak aseptic packaging. This is now available in over 170 countries of the world. This technology has great importance in the packaging industry, because if offers tremendous benefits. Tetra Pak cartons prove to be very effective in the packing of beverages like milk and juices and other liquid foods. 

To start with, the technology ensures that at the crucial post-production packing stage, the food items are handled hygienically and aseptically. Secondly we know that all food deteriorates when exposed to the air and ultraviolet light that is present in sunlight. Tetra Pak cartons being airtight and impermeable to light, protect the packed item from deterioration caused by the elements. Such protection is for several months at room temperature, eliminating the need for costly refrigeration. By not requiring refrigeration, the cartons save energy. The fact that the cartons are supplied flattened to manufacturers of food and beverage items also means that energy and space is saved in transportation and storage. 

Consumers of practically all products are becoming increasingly conscious of the environmental impact that the products they use cause during production, and also of the packaging of these products. In the case of Tetra Pak cartons, all the 3 materials used – paper, plastic and aluminium – are fully recyclable. Globally the cartons are being recycled in large numbers to produce a wide range of everyday products. In Pakistan a recycling programme was launched in 2008. By 2013, over 25 percent of used Tetra Pak cartons were being recycled, a phenomenal growth in just 5 years. 

Thus aseptic processing and packaging technology, which is becoming more and more popular throughout the world, offers huge benefits to consumers and to society as a whole. If you are really concerned with the health and well-being of your family, then food and beverage products, including milk, packed in Tetra Pak packaging is the technological solution for you. 

 

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