Infected milk being transported to dairy in Andhra seized
KOLAR: Thirty-eight cans of milk (around 1,520 litres), being transported from a dairy infected with Brucellosis disease in Kolar to a private dairy in Andhra Pradesh, were confiscated by Mulbagal police on Tuesday.
The vehicle was intercepted near Kantharaj Urs Circle on the Bangalore-Chennai National Highway by political detractors of Varthur Prakash, MLA and owner of Rakshith Farm, which is suspected to have been hit by Brucellosis disease. Acting on the tip-off, Mulbagal sub-inspector R Dayanand rushed to the spot and seized the cans.
It may be recalled that animal husbandry ministry A Manju had ordered a thorough examination of all the 998 animals on the farm owned by Prakash and had also banned procurement of milk from this farm. Since the state government has banned procurement of milk to Kolar Chikkaballapur Co operative Milk Union (KOMUL), farm authorities reportedly tried to sell the milk to Tirumala Dairy Farm and sent the milk to the dairy’s collection point near Kantharaj Urs Circle i n Mulbagal taluk.
Deputy director of animal husbandry S Channakeshavaiah said he rushed to the collection on Tuesday afternoon and prevailed upon the authorities of Tirumala Dairy Farm not to accept the milk. He said the dairy authorities told him that any milk procured would be pasteurised at a temperature of 72.5 degree, thus killing all the bacteria.
As a precautionary measure, he convinced the authorities of Tirumala Dairy Farm not to procure the milk.
Channakeshavaiah said he held discussions with the authorities of KOMUL who also informed him they would pasteurise the milk to nullify the bacteria present in it. However, he said, any decision in the matter of milk procurement would be taken by the government.
Meanwhile, all serum samples of animals of Rakshith Farm have reached the laboratory of the animal husbandry department in Bengaluru. Channakeshavaiah said since the lab is equipped to handle only 150 samples at a time, the report on all 998 samples would be available in three to four days. Dr T Jayaram, senior assistant director of the department, said samples would be subjected to two types of tests which are quite complicated and the results would be known only by this weekend.