Rawalpindi: 3,200 litres of substandard milk confiscated
RAWALPINDI: A team of the District Health Department confiscated 3,200 litres of substandard milk Tuesday morning and disposed of it at the District Health Office in Khayaban-e-Sir Syed after necessary examination locally.
The team of the District Health Department being supervised by District Health Officer Dr. Khalid Randhawa and headed by District Food Inspector Ghulam Murtaza caught Munawwar Hussain and Muhammad Afzal when they entered into the city through motorway carrying substandard milk in three vehicles at around 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
The dealers were carrying 3,200 litres of substandard milk in blue drums, which are used for transportation of chemicals. “The milk, which was mixed with chemicals and giving a foul smell, was being transported to Rawalpindi from Malakwal and Mandi Bahauddin,” said District Health Officer Dr. Khalid Randhawa while talking to ‘The News’.
He added that cream was extracted from the milk being transported. In order to make it thick, the dealers had added chemicals to it and because of it the milk was giving a foul smell.
Dr. Randhawa said that the substandard milk is transported to Rawalpindi mainly from tehsils Malakwal and Bhalwal and the District Health Department has involved a few informants to check its transportation.
He said that the confiscated milk was taken to the District Health Office where it was discarded into a nullah in the presence of concerned officials.
Apart from chemical-mixed and cream-extracted milk (commonly known as ‘separata’), artificially prepared milk is also being sold in a number of markets of town. When asked, Dr. Randhawa said that his office has also been working on checking sale of artificially-prepared milk in markets.
Milk is prepared artificially by adding one litre of substandard edible oil to 20 litres of water and then urea, washing powder and ‘lassi’ along with milk flavour in a specific proportion is added to the solution. The government has no laboratory to check toxicity in milk being sold in the market.