The survey, ordered by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, concluded that Belagavi and other border cities consumed the most adulterated milk from both organized and unorganized sectors. Urea was the most common adulterant. As much as 75% of the milk samples collected in Belagavi was found to be adulterated, 40% in Hubballi-Dharwad and 18-20% in Mysuru. Samples from Bengaluru were and other two cities were found to be safe.
The survey was conducted in September last year by FSSAI in more than 120 cities across the country. Over 1,700 samples were picked up and tested for fat, solids-non-fat (protein, carbohydrate, minerals), 13 common adulterants like vegetable oil, detergent, hydrogen peroxide, formalin, sugar, glucose, urea, starch, boric acid, ammonium sulphate, nitrates, and cellulose maltodextrine.
The other parameters, when verified with the milk samples, suggest it may well be true Belagavi has such a high quantity of adulterated milk. Border towns are vulnerable. Even independent reports suggest the same.
Source: TOI & TNIE