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Balasore MP for concrete legislation against milk adulteration

Bhubaneswar, Nov 30: Expressing concern over alarming level of milk adulteration in the country, Balasore MP Rabindra Kumar Jena has urged the Union Government to bring a strong legislation to stop adulteration of milk and to take concrete action against the culprits involved in the offence.

Raining the issue in the Lok Sabha in the ongoing Winter Session of the Parliament Jena urged the Health and Family Welfare Ministry to act in this regard in a proactive manner.

Thanking the Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Faggan Singh Kulaste for taking swift action on his concerns, Jena posted this issue on social media.

“Not only a newborn child or a senior citizen, Milk is consumed by each one of us. Thus Milk is a very critical commodity. We recall the hue and cry which broke out when Maggi was declared unsafe for consumption and everyone was discussing that issue. However, when it comes to milk, a staple diet, nobody seems to be   concerned about the grave situation we face. That's why I raised my concerns in the house,” wrote the MP on Facebook.

“As important as it is to detect adulteration, we must ensure stringent punishment for adulterators. It must be noted that milk adulteration is a heinous crime, which may kill millions,” he added.

Appreciating Jena’s concern raised on August 11, Kulaste wrote that, weighing the seriousness of the issue the ministry has formed a committee to undertake a comprehensive review of the Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act, 2016 and rules and regulations made there under. He also informed that FASSAI has initiated the National Milk Quality Survey (MQS)-2016 on pilot basis in states like Delhi, Haryana and parts of Utter Pradesh. The samples will be drawn both from the organized and unorganized sectors and tested for Fat, Solid Not Fat (SNF) and 13 common adulterants for understanding the type of milk being sold in the country.

Jena was also assured by the Ministry for taking necessary remedial steps in due course of time.

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