Door-To-Door Drive To Test Milk Gets Underway

INDIA - In a welcome first, officials of the department of food and drug administration will now conduct door-to-door purity tests on milk and milk products in residential colonies in the state capital and across the state.
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What's more, the tests will be done free-of-cost and in all parts of the city, especially if the department receives complaints of adulteration from residents of any area, reports The Times of India.

The move to carry out spot sample analysis of food products follows a directive issued by the department of food and drug administration. According to the order, food inspectors, along with a team of analysts from the public analyst laboratory, will travel to colonies and check for the presence of starch, urea, soda and carbonate in milk and milk products. "We carry kits with us. Using these, we can test the samples immediately. In many cases, we have found cases of adulteration, especially presence of soda, in food products," said Sanjay Singh, a food inspector with the department of FDA in Lucknow.

Since the time the directive was issued by the government nearly a week ago, the team of officials has already assessed the extent of adulteration in up-market government residential colonies like Dalibagh and Butler Palace. Aside from these, the FDA team has also conducted free sampling in River Bank Colony and MIG colony in Aliganj, after several residents complained about milk tasting "bad".

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