According to test reports of food samples analysed by the Delhi food safety department,
Milk and milk products are more likely to be unsafe or substandard than other food products sold in Delhi.
As many as 477 of the 2,880 food samples, both packaged and freshly prepared, tested by the Delhi’s food safety department between January 2018 and April 2019, failed quality tests.
Milk and milk products accounted for 161 of the failed tests, according to government data.
Of these, 21 products were misbranded and 125 were found to be substandard. Fifteen others were unsafe.
In 2017, the national regulator — Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) – reduced specifications for the required quantity of fats and ‘solids-not-fat’ in milk to ensure samples naturally low in these do not fail the test.
Most of the samples failed tests because of misbranding, which means certain nutritional information was either omitted or printed wrong.
Of the 477 failed samples, 144 samples were found to be substandard and 90 unsafe.
The law allows for six months’ imprisonment and Rs 1 lakh fine for unsafe foods that have not caused injury.
Causing injury can result in a prison term extending to six years and a fine of Rs 5 lakh.
In case of death, the law allows for imprisonment of not less than seven years and a fine of not less than Rs 10 lakh.
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