SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today said that contaminated milk being marketed in Kashmir with impunity is taking heavy toll on the entire society.
President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said that adulteration of milk is a highly sensitive issue and is a matter of grave concern.
Virtually every cup of tea grownups here have been taking for years and every ounce of milk infants have been brought up on is actually a deadly cocktail of detergents and other hazardous substances.
A national survey on milk adulteration in 2011(snap short survey) by FSSAI revealed that 83% of milk consumed in Kashmir contained dangerous detergents and other hazardous substances.
An officer of food organization of Kashmir is on record saying that 75% of contaminated milk is being produced by local companies.
In 2013, the most popular brand of milk was declared substandard and unsafe for consumption by central food laboratory, Kolkata.
It is shocking that out of 77 milk samples tested in Srinagar food analysis lab, 42 samples have been found to be adulterated with caustic soda and bicarbonates.
Majority of people in our valley are dependent on milk for their nutritional needs but get white poison instead.
Adulterated milk is the basic reason of increase in the incidence of diseases especially cancers in the valley.
The adulterated milk can cause gastroenteritis, heart, kidney, liver and lung diseases and drinking of such milk for a prolonged period can cause cancers and even death.
The diabetics and hypertensives are not controlled despite medication after consuming contaminated milk.
Children have chronic headaches, eyesight problems and chronic diarrheas due to contaminated milk.
Infants have abnormal growth and nervous disorders due to ingestion of adulterated milk.
Pregnant women can lose their fetuses because of these toxic adulterants in milk.
The menace of adulteration of milk is rampant in valley and authorities have failed to curb it.
Some honest officers in past who dared to initiate action against milk adulteration were subjected to lot of harassment by their higher ups which gives us to understand that there is a deep rooted nexus. (GNS)
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