Mi­cro­bi­o­log­i­cal lim­its for milk/milk prod­ucts ap­pli­ca­ble at re­tail level too

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As per the Gazette No­ti­fi­ca­tion on Food Safety and Stan­dards (Food Prod­ucts and Food Ad­di­tives) Tenth Amend­ment Reg­u­la­tion, 2016, is­sued by Food Safety and Stan­dards Author­ity of In­dia (FSSAI), mi­cro­bi­o­log­i­cal stan­dards for milk and milk prod­ucts be­come ap­pli­ca­ble at re­tail/con­sumer pur­chase point as well. Prior to this, pre­scribed mi­cro­bi­o­log­i­cal lim­its for milk and milk prod­ucts needed to be fol­lowed only at man­u­fac­tur­ing units.

Con­sumer Voice had been ad­vo­cat­ing for such an amend­ment for a long time. Read­ers will re­mem­ber that in year 2011 we did com­par­a­tive testing of poly-packed pas­teurised full-cream milk of var­i­ous brands and found that mi­cro­bi­o­log­i­cal load (to­tal plate count and co­l­iform count) in most of the brands were higher than pre­scribed in Food Safety and Stan­dards Reg­u­la­tions, 2011. The pre­scribed lim­its for milk and milk prod­ucts were at man­u­fac­tur­ing units only, not at re­tail/con­sumer pur­chase point.

In 2015, when we next car­ried out com­par­a­tive testing of poly-packed pas­teurised full-cream milk, the re­sults showed that to­tal plate count in most of the brands was again on the higher side. In 2016, we did com­par­a­tive testing of pack­aged pa­neer of var­i­ous brands and found that to­tal plate count in most of the brands was on the higher side.

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