Compliance with FSSAI rules to boost organised milk sector’
Complying with food safety standards formulated by the FSSAI will help the organised milk sector grow in the long run, according to dairy cooperatives.
“As far as food safety standards are concerned, we are on same page with the FSSAI. Complying with the food safety standards will help the organised milk sector in long run and at the same ensure quality milk and dairy products to the consumer,” Mother Dairy Managing Director S Nagarajan said.
Speaking at the same event, Amul Managing Director R S Sodhi said that milk has been tested at various levels starting from the point of procurement, processing and then at the vendor’s level also.
“The cooperative sector is the single largest producer of safe liquid milk in the organised sector, and we are committed to continue providing safe and good quality milk and dairy products to consumers,” National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) Chairman T Nanda Kumar.
“The cooperatives have already been complying with the food safety standards and are committed to providing quality milk and dairy products to consumers,” Kumar said.
Kumar was speaking to reporters after meeting with all stakeholders including milk cooperatives and Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) officials.
Dairy cooperatives have a well-established system covering entire dairy chain to ensure that consumers get milk and milk products that are safe with good quality.
Meanwhile, NDDB is also setting up a world-class milk testing laboratory in Anand to assist both FSSAI and the milk unions for proper analysis of milk and related products.
The cooperative milk federations and unions also expressed certain concerns and said that skimmed milk powder is derived from pure milk and is an internationally accepted ingredient in liquid milk, so this cannot be categorised as adulteration as has often been done.