There are so many products of the milk brands like Amul, Mother Dairy, Paras and Patanjali have been found of ‘poor quality’ by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of Haryana. Even the butter (Ghee) of these brands are also not up to the mark. These are the top most brands of milk products and these big brand products have failed the quality test conducted by FDA last year during the month of April and December, according to the news.
The results came through the replies through the various applications filed with the Haryana FDA under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005. From FDA the applications were transferred to its food laboratory and other district level offices. Under Right to Information Act, when asked from the state food laboratory about what action they have taken against these big companies, they reply that “it is not related to this office”. Here are the details of some of the product which is involved in this test.
In the month of October 2016, the reports say that after the investigation by the state food laboratory of FDA Haryana, it was found that “Amul ghee” is “misbranded, substandard and unsafe”. In other investigation reports by the same laboratory of FDA, it was found that the “Amul ghee” is ‘substandard and unsafe”. While talking to the media, R S Sodhi who is the managing director of GCMMF Ltd said that “We would like to inform you that we do not have any information regarding the Amul Ghee samples lifted by Food Safety Authorities of Haryana State in the month of October 2016 as mentioned in your message. Moreover, no such Food Analyst reports (probe reports) were received with the information that the samples of ghee lifted were “Mis-Branded, Sub-Standard and Unsafe” from the FDA authorities of Haryana state in the month of October last year to date”.
Also in the investigation report of July last year, the state food laboratory of FDA Haryana found that the “cream of Mother Dairy” to be “misbranded”. And again on doing the further investigation, two different probe reports of October 2016, the same laboratory of FDA Haryana found that the ghee of Mother Dairy product to be “misbranded, substandard and unsafe”. A spokesperson from Mother Dairy Fruit And Vegetable Private Limited told in the recent interview that, “We wish to clarify that we had received a report from the authorities citing misbranding of one of our products — cream. It was due to an error in the printing of the ‘Best Before’ date which was mentioned in small alphabets as against the required capital letters. The same was rectified post receiving the report. Additionally, we would also like to clarify that we are not aware of any such findings with respect to the tests conducted for ghee. We would like to reiterate that all our products maintain the highest standards of quality and safety by ensuring strict adherence to protocols such as Food Safety and Standard norms.”
Also while doing the investigation report of October 2016 of Patanjali Ayurved Ltd’s cow ghee, it was found that the product is again of low quality and unsafe. The quality test was performed by the state food laboratory of FDA Haryana.
And in the three different investigation reports of October 2016, the “Paras ghee’ was also found to be of low quality and unsafe to eat.
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