Govt refutes media reports of serious diseases due to milk Adulteration 

Pashu Sandesh, 23 Jan 2023 

It has come to the notice of the Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying that a media report about a WHO advisory to the Government of India allegedly states that, if adulteration of milk and milk products is not checked immediately, 87 % of citizen would be suffering from serious disease like cancer by the year 2025. Dissemination of this kind of false information is creating unnecessary panic among consumers.

In this regard, the Department has informed that this matter has already been examined in the Department in consultation with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).  WHO country office in India confirmed to FSSAI that no such advisory has been issued by WHO to the Government of India ever.

The Department has reiterated that this kind of false information being circulated on social media and on WhatsApp should not be given any credence whatsoever. Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying (DAHD), Government of India and FSSAI are taking all possible steps to help supply safe and good quality milk to consumers across the country.

Moreover, as per Basic Animal Husbandry Statistics 2021 published by the Department, the daily milk production in the country during 2018-19 was 51.4 crore Kg per day and not 14 crore litres per day as mentioned in the above-mentioned news report. Milk production in the country has increased from 146.3 million tonnes in 2014-15 to 221.06 million tonnes (66.56 crore litres per day) in 2021-22 with an annual Growth Rate of 6.1%. The Department also conducted a study on the Demand for Milk and Milk Products in India in 2019. As per the study, the total consumption at the All India level in 2019 was 162.4 million metric tonnes (44.50 Crore Kg per day) for milk and milk products. Thus, Milk Production in the country is sufficient to meet the domestic demand.
The Quality of milk and milk products to be sold in the market is governed by Standards laid down and enforced by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). In the last nationwide National Milk Safety and Quality Survey(NMQS-2018) conducted by FSSAI, out of 6,432 samples of milk taken, only 12 samples (0.19%) were found adulterated which renders the milk unsafe for human consumption. While this is a concern but it is far from the perception that liquid milk in the country is largely adulterated.