January 18, 2012
India: Milk to be tested for bacteria
The Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has laid out a new regulation for manufacturers to test milk for organisms before releasing for sale.
According to its CEO, V.N Gaur, the agency has introduced for the first time microbiological standards for milk and the regulation was decided on August 5.
"The regulation will come into force in February since we gave the manufacturers and the industry six months to put in place processes to test for deadly micro-organisms like E Coli," Gaur adds.
In addition, officials will check whether manufacturers have complied with the microbiological standards, the Times of India reported.
Standards have been outlined for 10 types of milk that include buffalo, cow, goat or sheep, mixed, standardized, re-combined, toned, double-toned, skimmed and full cream milk.
Recently, FSSAI discovered that nearly 70% of the 1, 791 samples from 33 states have failed to conform to standards.