Mother Dairy Fruit & Vegetable said that it offers pure and safe milk for consumption.
Responding to the issue of detergent found in milk samples at collection centre at Bah, near Agra, S Nagarajan, Managing Director, Mother Dairy Fruit & Vegetable said in New Delhi, “It is unfortunate that the loose milk samples collected at village level which are yet to be accepted for processing at our factory has allegedly not passed the tests of UP FDA (UP Food and Drug Administration). The milk sample reported has been drawn even before reaching the chilling centre, where the first level of testing happens to ascertain the quality of milk for further processing.”
On June 16, a senior official of UP FDA had claimed to have found detergent in one sample of Mother Dairy’s packet. According to the official, the samples had been picked up from Mother Dairy’s collection centres in Bah in November 2014. The samples were first sent to Lucknow and later to Kolkata on the demand of the company.
However, the company claims that it is important to note that as a process, the milk is first pooled at the collection centre post which the collected milk is taken to the chilling centre where milk undergoes the required tests to check that it is free from any kind of adulterant and for percentage of Fat and percentage of SNF (solid not fat). If the milk is found not meeting the requisite standards, the milk is rejected. Only acceptable quality milk is then transported to the Mother Dairy factories and then retested before receiving the milk inside the factory for further processing.
Nagarajan further added, “As a responsible organisation we follow 100 percent testing protocol rather than resorting to random testing procedures. In our endeavour to ensure only best and safe quality milk reaches to our consumers, we make sure that every batch of milk is again tested before dispatch. It is pertinent to note that Mother Dairy also follows a unique practice of testing its own milk at retail points too; around 100 samples from the market are tested on a daily basis, thus ensuring the product available is safe for consumption.”
Mother Dairy Milk under goes 4 levels of thorough testing at input, processing, dispatches and even at market level. Every tanker of milk reaching our plants passes a series of 23 stringent quality tests to check any deviation from defined parameters. These tests assist in detecting contamination of milk through water, urea, detergent, oil, etc, said a Mother Dairy release.