HYDERABAD: In a raid at the wholesale milk market at Badin transport stand area in Hyderabad, Sindh Food Authority (SFA) seized 16,000 litres milk after the chemical tests established use of urea and detergents besides water.
SFA Operations Deputy Director Imtiaz Ali Abro told the media that six shops in the market were fined for the adulteration.
He said that the seized milk was also drained. "Around 50% of the seized milk contained water and we also found urea and detergent in the milk," he claimed.
Abro said he had warned milk traders that the authority will maintain a constant check on their business and that adulteration will not be tolerated. The shopkeepers were also asked to maintain hygienic condition in the shops. The milk from the wholesale market is mostly bought for commercial purpose by sweet shops, bakeries and wedding caterers. The authority also raided a factory producing salt in Matiari district and collected samples for laboratory tests.
The authority's laboratory in Hyderabad's government hospital Pretabad still remains non-functional. The laboratory was established over a decade ago by former Hyderabad nazim Kanwar Naveed Jamil of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 21st, 2019.