Govt to ‘ensure’ Kashmir doesn’t drink Khyber milk


khyber 1KG News Desk

Srinagar, April 5: A day after a local court ordered the J&K government to take immediate steps in ensuring that M/s Khyber Agro Farms Pvt Ltd is closed or milk products of the company are taken off from the market, the government has started the process. Commissioner Secretary Health Dr Mandeep Bhandri said that the government will comply by all the court directions.

“We have started the process as we received the order last evening. Today we are working on it and we have to comply with all the court directions,” he said. The Judicial Magistrate (Sub-Judge) Budgam, Imtiaz Ahmad Lone had on Monday imposed Rs nine lakh as fine and awarded six months imprisonment to M/s Khyber Agro Farms Pvt Ltd for manufacturing sub-standard, mis-branded and unsafe food items and directed for lifting of food samples from this company for testing. The directions were passed after sample of toned milk (Khyber brand) collected by Food Safety Officer Zeenat Ayoub turned out to be substandard after analysis.

The Court had directed the Commissioner Food and Safety Act to take immediate steps in ensuring that the company (Khyber Agro) products are closed or taken off from the market unless Referral Laboratory Kolkata declares that the product of the convicted company are safe to consume and products manufactured by the convicted company do not harm the nation as is proved by the medical report submitted by the SKIMS.

The Magistrate said it is the reason that ratio of cancer patients is increasing in valley and reasons for such diseases as disclosed by various newspapers as well as the medical research conducted by consuming adultered food.

The Court held the accused company guilty and convicted through its In-charge Operations nominated person Mohammad Shafi Ganie and was convicted under sections 51, 52 and 59 of FSS Act -2006 943 of 2006). The Court observed this was not the first case where it has come to the surface that the milk product manufactured by the accused company contains detergent urea and other dangerous chemicals not only in milk but other edible products.

Court ruled out the presumption of innocence in favour of the accused company on the grounds that the company is facing similar cases before various courts. “Therefore the presumption of innocence in favour of the accused company is ruled out”.