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Bombay HC seeks govt, FDA reply on plea alleging milk adulteration

Sadavarte informed that the research was conducted by a consumer NGO - Mumbai Grahak Panchayat — between 2012 and 2015.

THE Bombay High Court Wednesday issued notices to the state government and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that alleges there is mass adulteration in milk in Maharashtra. The court has sought reply from both.

The PIL, filed by Colonel (retired) Chandrashekhar Unni and activist Abhijeet Bannerjee through advocate Gunratan Sadavarte claims that 30 per cent of the milk samples tested in the state showed adulteration whereas 46 per cent samples were sub-standard.

Sadavarte informed that the research was conducted by a consumer NGO – Mumbai Grahak Panchayat — between 2012 and 2015. The survey saw samples being collected in Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Raigad and Ratnagiri. “Of the total samples, 30 per cent were adulterated,” he argued. These samples showed that the samples were adulterated with urea, starch, sugar and water.

The second issue raised in the PIL is of overcharging by milk suppliers. The PIL claims that the suppliers had written a letter to Legal Metrology Department admitting that they charge Rs 2 extra on every 1 litre packet and on a total of 45 lakh litres of milk packets.

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First published on: 28-01-2016 at 01:12:21 am
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