Ranchi: In a shocking revelation made by the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI), the milk consumed by people all across the country is adulterated with harmful chemicals like detergent, fat and even urea, besides the age-old dilution with water.

In a survey conducted by FSSAI in 33 states, out of the total 1791 samples, 1226 were found to be adulterated with harmful chemicals. The samples collected from Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal were found to be 100 percent adulterated.

Meanwhile, the samples from Meghalaya and Mizoram were spotted with 99 percent adulteration, whereas Gujarat, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand recorded 88-89 percent of chemical compounds in samples.

Besides, the samples from Delhi are reported to be 70 percent adulterated followed by Chandigarh having 48 percent adulteration. The only states to have pure quality of milk were Goa and Pondicherry.
Going by the reports, the milk contained chemical constituents like fat, starch, vegetable fat, sodium carbonate, detergent powder and urea.

As many states lack the facility of laboratory test, the samples collected from states like Jharkhand were sent to a nearby lab in West Bengal. Owing to the non-implementation of the Food Safety and Security Rules in Jharkhand, chemical test of milk and food products has been kept on hold since August 5, 2011. On the other hand, in the absence of state food laboratory, the samples are sent to labs in other nearby states.

JPN/Bureau