Indian Dairy Association (IDA), the apex body of the dairy industry in India, today stressed on the need to enhance the usage of stainless steel in the dairy industry to ensure safe and healthy dairy products. To enhance usage of standard products, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has also released the new standards for design and development of stainless steel milk cans. The seminar on ‘Stainless Steel in Dairy; to enhance Food Safety’, jointly organised by Indian Stainless Steel Development Association (ISSDA) and Indian Dairy Association in association with Jindal Stainless, asserted on the significance of using stainless steel in dairy.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. GS Rajorhia, vice president, Indian Dairy Association said, “Stainless Steel is an integral part of dairy industry. Its erosion and corrosion free characteristic is recognised by the dairy industry for total food safety and public health.”
Hygiene and quality is increasingly becoming a common concern for milk and milk products which is consumed by all age groups. 70 percent of the milk production pertains to unorganised sector. India being the largest producer of Milk with 146.3 million tonnes, demands specified guidelines for the segment when it comes to health. The focus of the unorganised is more on commercial aspect than the hygiene and health issue which leads to use of unfavourable materials for processing and storage. Various research reports emphasise that use of hazardous materials in dairy industry have serious impact on public health as few materials lead to food contamination.
Highlighting the importance of stainless steel for dairy industry, KK Pahuja, President, ISSDA said, “Research demonstrates that compared to other materials, Stainless Steel is the most hygienic and biologically suitable material for milk processing and storage. Due to increased focus on hygiene, quality and food safety standards, usage of stainless steel has grown. Our effort is to increase the pace of adoption of stainless steel in this area to ensure a better public health.”
Stainless Steel has emerged as an alternate material for various usages in the dairy sector and approximately 8000-10,000 MT of Stainless Steel is used for storage, processing and transportation equipments every year in India. CODEX, the international food standards under WHO, has also recommended stainless steel as a preferred material for storage of food and transportation. CODEX is a collection of internationally recognised standards, codes of practice, guidelines, and other recommendations relating to foods, food production, and food safety.
Ashok Gupta, Director, Jindal Stainless said “We appreciate the efforts taken by regulators to ensure quality standards as with new guidelines issued by BIS for milk cans, the scenario will change in the dairy sector as well. Taking a cue from these efforts, we along with can producers, have developed a low cost prototype of Stainless Steel milk can which is not only better in quality but also low cost as it uses alternate stainless steel grade and conforms to standard laid out by BIS for milk cans.”