Healthy news: Khyber milk vanishes from markets

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Srinagar, April 7 (GNS): All or almost all stocks of Khyber milk have been taken off from provisional stores after the popular milk brand was banned in Kashmir by government following directions by a court in Budgam.
As per the Health and Medical Education Department’s order (HD/Legal/Drug/MR-56/2016), no milk or milk product of the Khyber Agro Farms Private Limited be available for human consumption till these products are declared safe by a referral laboratory in Kolkata.
On Monday, a court in Budgam had imposed Rs 9 lakhs as penalty on the dairy company and sentenced its nominee to six months in prison after laboratory tests revealed presence of detergent in its tonned milk sample lifted in the central Kashmir district in July 2013.
The company was held guilty by court of judicial magistrate Budgam Imtiaz Ahmad Lone and convicted company’s in-charge operation (nominated person) Mohammad Shafi Ganie of Larson Ganderbal under section 51 (sub standard), 52 (misbrand) and 59 (unsafe food) of the Food Safety and Standard Act 2006.
For sub-standard food, the court slapped a penalty of Rs 5 lakh on the company, Rs 3 lakh for mis-branded item and Rs 1 lakh for unsafe food. For unsafe food, the court imprisoned Ganie to six months imprisonment.
The court had passed the judgment on a complaint filed on 17 July 2013 by food safety officer (FSO) Zeenat Ayoub.
The FSO had filed the complaint after receiving test report from Referral Laboratory in Kolkata about the samples of toned milk taken during the surprise checking in central Kashmir district.
The analyst report from the Kolkata laboratory had revealed that the sample does not conform to the standard under FSSA regulations 2011. “The sample shows presence of detergent in it. It also contravenes packing and labeling regulations,” the laboratory report had revealed and had declared the sample as sub-standard and misbranded.
“This is not first case where it has come to the surface that the milk product manufactured by (Khyber) company contains detergent, urea and other dangerous chemicals not only in milk but other products,” the court said. (GNS)