LAHORE - The sale of adulterated milk continues unchecked while Punjab Food Authority has turned a blind eye to the serious matter.

In most instances, milk being sold in the market is mixed with chemicals as poisonous as urea and hair-removers.

According to doctors, such crimes make people them vulnerable to cancer, kidney failure and other fatal diseases.

A huge quantity of milk enters Lahore via Multan Road, Ferozpur Road, Raiwind Road, Canal Road, Sagyan Pul, Ring Road Motorways, Sheikhupura Road, Shahdrah Kalakhatai Road, Badyan Road and from Dharmpura side Border area but no officials had been deployed there to have a check.

Similarly, milk shops are selling adulterated milk at high price ranging from Rs60 to Rs80 without fear. The district food department, two years ago, suggested establishment of permanent check-posts at entry points and mobile laboratories to check the quality of milk but the idea is yet to materialise even after the establishment of Punjab Food Authority.

A Food Authority official said on anonymity said 80 per cent of milk being sold in the city was diluted with water and around 30 to 40 per cent is mixed with other chemicals including urea and hair-removing powder as well. He said due to milk’s dilution with water, five per cent natural proportion of fat present in buffalo milk is reduced to 3.5 per cent and 3.5 per cent fat composition in cow milk is reduced to 1.9 per cent.

According to him, the residents of Lahore consumed around two million litres of milk daily – 1.5 million litres are being sold in open pots.

He mentioned a report the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) in which 665 milk adulterant tests from 41 milk samples (10 loose milk, 28 packed and three powder milk samples) were conducted.

 “The report found water in two out of 10 loose milk samples and 22 out of 28 packed milk samples. Carbonate was found in two samples of loose milk and one in packed milk.

Sugar was not found in loose milk while it was detected in seven samples of packed milk. Quaternary Ammonium Compounds were found in two samples each of both loose and packed milk. While Aflatoxin M1 was found in two out of three commercial powder milk samples and also in two out of 10 loose milk samples,” said the official.

On the other hand, the consumers say that they are paying a heavy price for buying milk but not getting quality in return. “Milk is being stored in dirty drums and utensils used for transportation are usually old and rusted. It does not meet hygienic conditions at all and cause severe skin diseases with others as well,” said Dr Abdul Rauf, a famous dermatologist of Lahore.