India is all set to get new national safety guidelines for milk soon, which was last set up 62 years ago in 1954.
Talking about the new safety standard Pawan Agarwal, CEO, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) said:
“There is a need to revisit old standards to ensure people eat and drink quality food. We have adopted a three-pronged strategy, in which setting new standards is one component. The other two being commissioning a national-level survey to measure the quality of milk India is drinking and identify problem areas.”
SNF also includes vitamins and mineral content and vary from state to state, which is what the new guidelines change.
The lack of a standard guideline, according to experts, has been a problem. If one is not conforming to fat standards, it is not classified as health hazard in one state while it might be in other. It thus would not be considered adulteration.
According to an FSSAI official:
“Why should someone be persecuted if his or her cow or buffalo is producing milk with lower fat content than the permissible limit?”
With milk now being sourced from one state to another, the old standard is being rendered useless as there is no point in having different standards for different states.
The new standards will thus bring uniformity to the criteria, with 8.5% being recommended benchmark for SNF and 3.2% is being considered for fat in milk as tentative cut-off.