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The Union government on Thursday said 68.4 per cent of milk in the country does not conform to standards laid down by the food regulator. It said the most common adulterant found in it was detergent, caustic soda, glucose, white paint and refined oil, all which are considered “very hazardous” for health.

However, a new Ksheer Scanner had been developed, which can singly detect all adulteration in milk in 40 seconds. “It can even pinpoint the adulterant. The cost of the test is 5-10 paise,” Science & Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan said in reply to a question by Nagendra Kumar Pradhan (BJD).

Vardhan said the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research had got in touch with two leading companies in Gujarat and Rajasthan.

A Ksheer Scanner, costing ₹ 10,000, was also being developed for domestic use, he informed the House.