Packaged milk in the markets is adulterated with different health-threatening substances, melamine and detergents. This was learnt from Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) chairman who told Lahore High Court (LHC) about milk’s adulteration on Wednesday, December 09, 2009. The court was hearing a case against the supply of adulterated milk to market.
The petition against adulteration of milk was filed in the court by Dr Muhammad Yaqoob Bhatti of the Watan Party Pakistan after a newspaper report pointed to the public health threat caused by adulteration of milk at the hands of dairies and milk supplying companies. The petition alleges that PSQCA had also allowed adulterating milk with harmful quantities of melamine – 5 mg per kg for grownups and I mg per kg for children – which was dangerous to health.
PSQCA’s chairman told the court that a meeting the Food and Milk Product Technical Committee on I5th of December would discuss the adulteration of milk with different substances. He was directed by the court to present the meeting’s report in the court on December 22. The LHC judge hearing the case said that no one will be allowed to threaten the lives of innocent people.