Panel on milk survey

ASSAM

Following a directive by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), New Delhi, a State-level Steering Committee for monitoring and evaluation of National Milk Survey (MMQS) in Assam has been constituted under the chairmanship of Commissioner of Food, Barnali Deka, yesterday.

The first meeting of the committee was held at the office chamber of the Food Safety Commissioner.

The meeting was attended by Dr R Bhutan, Director, Animal & Veterinary Dept., Director of Dairy Development, Anupam Gogoi, Food Analyst, Assam, and representatives of West Assam Milk Producers Cooperative Union Ltd.

As per instruction of FSSAI, the meeting decided to immediately conduct a survey of milk sold within Guwahati, including all forms of milk products, business operators, whole-sellers, retailers and producers of Guwahati.

“Milk samples will be collected by Food Safety officers in collaboration with the other member organizations of the steering committees. Samiran Baruah, FSO, Kamrup, will be the Nodal Officer for this survey. The notified labs for analysis of milk in this survey are the State Public Health Lab and the Lab of West Assam Milk Producers Cooperative Union Ltd. This survey will definitely throw some light into the long-standing complaints regarding the milk of Guwahati,” an official release said.

The survey will start within this month. The target will be to collect more than 1,500 samples of milk sold in Guwahati.

KARNATAKA

The Union Government’s mandatory National Milk Quality Survey to assess the quality of milk sold is being undertaken by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), which commenced in September this year. It will be taken up on a pilot basis in six cities in the state by December.

A specialised team set up by FSSAI along with the Food Safety and Standards department (FSSD) is monitoring the survey. The survey will be conducted at Mangaluru, Bengaluru, Belagavi, Mysuru, Hubbali and Dharwad, said sources.
FSSD joint director Srinivasa Gowda said, “Milk testing will be conducted on the spot at both organised sector establishments like the Karnataka Milk Federation as well as co-operative milk unions, and in the unorganised sector like private milk companies and with individual farmers, to stop adulteration.”
“These tests will be done by trained officials of FSSAI using approved milk testing kits, which are specially designed by AMUL and the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Producers Union”, he added.
According to FSSAI sources, these tests have already been completed in Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi and Tamil Nadu and is underway at Goa and Haryana currently. FSSAI along with the FSSD, which is the nodal agency in Karnataka, has identified different areas like the number of milk samples to be collected, locations where milk samples are being collected and the laboratories to which these samples are sent for comprehensive tests. 
An online milk tracking system has been put in place to ensure the survey is conducted in a fool-proof manner.
A National Milk Quality Survey will be carried out in more than 120 cities across India, which will be spread over all the states and Union territories, said sources.
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