Former Deputy Mayor S Harish has alleged that adulterated milk packets are sold across the city, endangering consumers’ health.
Speaking at the Council on Monday, Harish said he had given various milk packets available in the city for analysis to a private laboratory.
According to him, seven lakh litres of milk come to the city from outside. According to the standard, the weight of a one litre milk packet is supposed to be 518 grams, but some of private milk packets weigh just 501 grams. They do not meet the standard with respect to weight, volume, acidity, fat and neutraliser tests, he charged. Harish said that at some traffic signals, butter milk is available at `1 per packet. “They get it for 30 paise per packet and sell it for `1. How can one expect quality then?,” he asked.
“Monitoring this is not BBMP’s responsibility. It is the responsibility of Food and Civil Supplies Department. We cannot ignore it,” he said. The BBMP Commissioner replied that he would write to the principal secretary (Health) and Food and Civil Supplies Department.