Made in Ra­jasthan, de­vice to de­tect adul­ter­ation in milk in 60 sec­onds

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - NATION - Rakesh Goswami rakesh.goswami@htlive.com

JAIPUR : A gov­ern­ment-run re­search body in Ra­jasthan has de­vel­oped a hand-held me­ter for de­tec­tion of adul­ter­ation in milk.

The re­search body will soon trans­fer the tech­nol­ogy to man­u­fac­tur­ers for com­mer­cial pro­duc­tion.

Pres­i­dent Ram Nath Kovind ded­i­cated the tech­nol­ogy to na­tion on Septem­ber 26 on the foun­da­tion day cel­e­bra­tion of the Coun­cil of Sci­en­tific and In­dus­trial Re­search (CSIR) in Delhi.

Sci­en­tists at Pi­lani-based Cen­tral Elec­tron­ics En­gi­neer­ing Re­search In­sti­tute (CEERI), which is gov­erned by the CSIR, said the de­vice will de­tect adul­ter­ants such as urea, salt, de­ter­gents, boric acid and caus­tic soda in 60 sec­onds.

Ac­cord­ing to Ra­jasthan Co­op­er­a­tive Dairy Fed­er­a­tion (RCDF), state’s milk pro­cess­ing and pack­ag­ing body, the state pro­duces 45 mil­lion kilo­gram milk ev­ery day. Forty per­cent of this is cow milk. Of the to­tal pro­duc­tion, 22.7 mil­lion is sold through dairies and ven­dors. Dairy farm­ers keep the re­main­ing for their per­sonal use or lo­cal sale.

The por­ta­ble de­vice can be used by do­mes­tic users and en­force­ment agen­cies.

Dr PC Pan­chariya of CEERI said for test­ing adul­ter­ation, one needs to take 3ml of milk, add 10ml of wa­ter to it and use a bio­chem­i­cal cap­sule in the so­lu­tion. Leave it for one minute. Af­ter a minute, lower the probe at­tached to the me­ter into the so­lu­tion, press OK but­ton on it, and see the screen. It will de­tect any adul­ter­ation in the milk.

Ex­perts say urea, de­ter­gent and sham­poo are used to make syn­thetic milk, which is ex­tremely harm­ful to hu­man di­ges­tive sys­tem. Caus­tic soda is added to milk to in­crease its shelf life with­out re­frig­er­a­tion, and starch is added to perk up fat value.

Pan­chariya added that the pro­duc­tion cost of the de­vice is ₹5,000 but dur­ing the com­mer­cial pro­duc­tion, vol­ume will bring the cost down.

The de­vice will come with a con­tainer for test­ing, he said. “We ear­lier de­vel­oped a por­ta­ble scan­ner for in­dus­trial use.

The pro­duc­tion cost of the de­vice is ₹5,000. HT PHOTO

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