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Over 68 per cent milk in India does not conform to standards set by food regulator
Raising an alarm over the quality of milk being used in the country milk, the government clarified Lok Sabha that more than 68 per cent of the milk does not conform to the standards laid down by the food regulator in the country.

Notably, the most common adulterant found in the milk is detergent, caustic soda, glucose, white paint and refined oil. These are said to be "very hazardous" and can cause serious ailments.

Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan while speaking during the 'Question Hour' in Lok Sabha said that a new scanner has been introduced to find out adulteration in milk in just 40 seconds. Earlier, a separate chemical examination was needed for every type of adulteration. But, now a single scanner can do it.

But when the minister recommended MPs to purchase scanner with their constituency funds, there were murmurs among members. Although the scanners are expensive, each test would cost a mere 10 paisa, said the minister.

According to Harsh Vardhan, a GPS-based technology would be used to trace the location where the milk supplied in the cold chain has been tampered with in the near future. As of now, there are two lakh villages in the nation from where milk is gathered.

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