An inexpensive milk test kit has been developed by the Defense Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) in Mysuru. Express files
India is today the world’s largest milk producer thanks to the white revolution. Yet more than two-thirds of the milk in India does not meet food safety standards. Milk counterfeiting is widespread, as much as six percent of samples tested by the Ministry of Health in 2015 contained “detergents,” confirming that “synthetic milk” is a huge problem.
Distinguishing between contaminated and pure milk is a daunting task for a layperson, and only specific chemical tests can reveal the truth. Contaminated milk can be a huge health hazard, especially when laced with urea, detergents and other toxic chemicals. With the festival of Holi just around the corner, it’s time to be alert to the dangers of milk contamination.
Now a low-cost milk test kit has been developed by the Defense Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) in Mysuru, part of the giant Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). This kit, which even an untrained person can use at home, helps detect contamination from six common adulterants in milk in minutes.
Recently, the Union Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Harsh Vardhan, unveiled another special system for the detection of counterfeiting and analysis of milk developed by the Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-CEERI), Pilani.
According to Vardhan, “The gravity of the situation was such that the National Institute for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) identified the problem of detecting adulteration in the milk within three minutes at Rs 4 or less, considered as one of the major challenge areas among the ‘Atal Innovation Mission’.
Against this background, de Vardhan appreciated CSIR’s initiative to develop and deploy this technological solution, ‘Ksheer-Scanner’, which immediately detects the counterfeiters identified above in milk. It is an inexpensive portable system with easy-to-use features. It enables detection of contaminants in just 40-45 seconds at a cost per sample of less than 50 paise.
Earlier, the Union Minister of Agriculture and Agriculture, Radha Mohan Singh, said during a speech at the National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, Haryana: “India ranks first in the global dairy scenario. Milk production has increased from 137 .68 million tons in 2013-14 to 146.31 million tons in 2014-15. For the first time, there is a record improvement in milk production of 6.3 percent, while in an international scenario there is only a 2.2 percent increase in milk production. milk production.” (MORE) PTI COR ZMN