Following the warning of Tamilnadu Diaries Minister, K T Rajhendra Balaji on adulterating the milk with toxic chemicals to enhance the shelf life by the private milk suppliers, the Tamilnadu Government has sent the samples to Central Food Laboratory in Pune for a detailed analysis.
Earlier, the Pune laboratory claimed that they received no milk samples from Tamilnadu Government. The lab director Suhas Bakre said. “It will take two weeks for us to test and send the report to officials in the state. We will be testing the milk for fat content, chemicals and other substances. The results will be sent by June 20”.
Minister Rajhendra Balaji earlier complained that “These chemicals are available freely in cities like Chennai, Madurai, Trichy and Coimbatore. In Chennai, these chemicals can be purchased for Rs 20 from Flower Bazaar. They are mixed with milk to increase shelf life”.
A sachet of whole milk produced by a private firm was sent to the laboratory by the designated officer in Erode for testing “fat” content. “The sample failed the test and we sent the report to the officer concerned. There were no toxic chemicals in it,” Bakre said.
An official on condition of anonymity said that the samples tested in Aavin Laboratory had detected chemicals in the privately manufactured milk but that cannot be used as a base to file a complaint since the testing has to be done in a designated and neutral laboratory.