The assertion that we have millions of milk-producing animals is simply a myth – a myth that should be exposed like the statistics on the tiger that the government kept giving out till independent surveys showed that there are less than 1000 tigers left due to constant poaching.
We are killing 50 million cattle every year for leather and meat export. There is such a demand that newly born calves, cows that have only given milk for 2 years, pregnant ones and all the bulls are sent off.
India calls itself the largest producer and consumer of milk in the world; 83 per cent Indians drink it. The poor often forgo proper food – vegetables and cereals – to buy milk for their children. Even in a middle class family, they would rather do without fruits but not milk.
Is India the largest producer of milk? No. We are simply the largest consumers of milk. Most of the milk we drink is not actually milk. I have been saying this for the past 20 years now, and since that time more and more non-milk substances have found their way into your bodies. Surveys conducted every few years by the government show that milk has been adulterated with fertilisers, urea, bleach, detergent to name just a few adulterants. This is not 90 per cent milk and some
additions; this is 20 per cent milk and 80 per cent chemicals (adulterants).
In March this year, the National Survey on Milk Adulteration was conducted by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India to identify the common adulterants in milk in rural and urban areas and to find out how prevalent contamination was.
From 33 states, 1,791 samples were collected on a random basis and sent to the government laboratories for analysis. The parameters analysed were fat (%), solid not fat (SNF; %), neutralisers, acidity, hydrogen peroxide, sugar, starch, glucose, urea, salt, detergent, skimmed milk powder and vegetable fat.
Out of the total 1,791 samples, an astonishing 1,226 (68.4 per cent) were found adulterated. Thirty-one per cent of rural samples were adulterated; of these 16.7 per cent were packaged – or branded milk which most people think is pure while the rest were loose samples from dairies.
In the urban areas, 68.9 per cent samples were adulterated of which 33.4 per cent was packaged/branded milk and 66.6 per cent were loose samples.
The deviations were found highest on account of fat and SNF (which includes milk powder or artificial milk powder replacers). These were found in 46.8 per cent of the samples. The most common adulterant was cheap oil, the second most common was milk powder found in 548 samples (44.69 per cent), while glucose was found in 477 samples.
147 of these also had detergent and 2 had neutralisers (urea) as well. Apart from that detergent was found in 103 samples (8.4 per cent). This may be because when milk is diluted with water, clean water is never used: it has to be used washing water or gutter water because the weight of these is greater.
You need to see in which states you should ‘not’ drink milk. In the following states 100 per cent of the milk was found adulterated: Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Daman and Diu, Jharkhand, Orissa, West Bengal and Mizoram. The others were not much better: Manipur (96 per cent), Meghalaya (96 per cent), Tripura (92 per cent), Gujarat (89 per cent) (this is the home of milk production), Sikkim (89 per cent), Uttarakhand (88 per cent), Uttar Pradesh (88 per cent), Nagaland (86 per cent), Jammu & Kashmir (83 per cent), Punjab (81 per cent), Rajasthan (76 per cent), Delhi (70 per cent), Haryana (70 per cent), Arunachal Pradesh (68 per cent), Maharashtra (65 per cent), Himachal Pradesh (59 per cent), Dadra and Nagar Haveli (58 per cent), Assam (55 per cent), Chandigarh (48 per cent), Madhya Pradesh (48 per cent), Kerala (28 per cent), Karnataka (22 per cent), Tamil Nadu (12 per cent) and Andhra Pradesh (6.7 per cent). Only Goa and Puducherry came out clean.
The study came to the conclusion that the addition of dirty water to milk was a c
ommon and dangerous adulterant. The presence of detergent and other chemical contaminants such as
Surveys conducted every few years by the government show that milk has been adulterated with fertilisers, urea, bleach, detergent – to name just a few adulterants. This is not 90 per cent milk and some additions; this is 20 per cent milk and 80 per cent chemicals (adulterants).
fertilisers, bleach, hydrogen peroxide and urea showed lack of hygiene in the handling, shortcomings in the testing processes of the branded milk companies, perhaps deliberate, and posed a definite danger to consumers.
The most important conclusion it came to was that powdered milk was being mixed with water and passed off as milk only because of the extreme shortfall in actual milk production.
Perk up. Things are not going to get any better. No reports by the government or token raids of dairies will solve the problem of adulteration. There are simply not enough cows and buffaloes left. The assertion that we have millions of milk-producing animals is simply a myth – a myth that should be exposed like the statistics on the tiger that the government kept giving out till independent surveys showed that there are less than 1,000 tigers left due to constant poaching.
Likewise, your cattle are being killed in millions for beef and leather. Pregnant cows and buffaloes are found in thousands every night in slaughter houses and overloaded trucks. One crore cows and buffaloes cross the border annually to Bangladesh. Two crores cows and buffaloes are killed in small slaughter houses in places like Moradabad, Rampur, Hyderabad and Aligarh. The Allanas, Punjab Meats and Al Kabirs of India kill another 1 crore of young calves and cows illegally. The government slaughter houses of Deonar and Gazipur in Mumbai and Delhi, respectively, kill another crore annually.
We are killing 50 million cattle every year for leather and meat export. There is such a demand that newly born calves, cows that have only given milk for 2 years, pregnant ones and all the bulls are sent off. Go to the villages. You will see a cattle market, originally meant for farmers, now for the exclusive demand of butchers. It is illegal for any market to sell more than two cows or buffaloes to one person or to have trucks or any vehicles standing nearby. Now, trucks throng every market and the buyers purchase 50 at a time – not for their milk output but by their weight.
The cow takes almost as long as a woman to give birth – 285 days (a woman takes about 260 days). She gives birth to a single baby. Even if she is fertilised immediately after, she can only give birth 285 days later. In the meantime she is both feeding the baby in her womb and being milked for you. She develops a disease called keratosis which is passed on to you in the real milk – along with the other wonderful additions.
Therefore, as long as we continue killing in this frenzied manner and boasting that our leather exports are Rs. 27,000 crores or more, and as long as we send our cattle to Kerala, West Bengal and Bangladesh and the foreign-owned companies that have entered India to feed the entire world with our beef, we will never have milk. Due to the shortage of milk, 70–100 per cent of the milk you drink is dangerously contaminated.
And since none of you realises that ‘real’ milk, even if it existed in this country, is still deadly for your body, you will continue demanding it and the artificial milk industry will grow and continue to laugh. People always think that they will never get cancer. But one in four has it. In the same way you think you must be the only one who is drinking pure milk. But if you are in a state with 100 per cent adulteration, you don’t have a chance. And Delhi with 70 per cent adulteration does not leave you with much chance either.
Tomorrow morning you and your children will be drinking something that may have a little milk in it but whose volume and profit has been increased with water, pulverised detergent or soap, sodium hydroxide, vegetable oil, salt and urea. It does not require a genius to adulterate milk and disguise it. It can be done simply and really fast. The rot started in Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh where most of the cattle have been slaughtered. Now it is all over. Bihar is sending thousands of cattle to West Bengal every night. No wonder they have to adulterate milk.