Probe ordered into ‘synthetic’ milk supply to Baroda Dairy

The health department of Vadodara Municipal Corporation on Thursday ordered an inquiry into the milk supplied by Baroda Dairy after media reports alleged the dairy was supplied synthetic milk by some village-level cooperatives.

Written by Express News Service | Vadodara | Published: March 30, 2012 2:18 am

The health department of Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) on Thursday ordered an inquiry into the milk supplied by Baroda Dairy after media reports alleged the dairy was supplied synthetic milk by some village-level cooperatives. But the firm denied the allegations and said it would conduct an internal inquiry.

“We have ordered a routine inquiry by ward food safety inspector and sought a report within three days. The dairy authorities have also said that it would conduct and an internal inquiry and send us a report,” Deputy Municipal Commissioner (health) R K Sugur said.

However,he denied the inquiry was ordered in response to reports in a vernacular daily alleging cooperatives from Padra taluka had supplied three tankers of synthetic milk to the dairy early this month for profiteering. Food safety inspector of ward no. 4,Manisha Shah,would conduct the inquiry.

The order comes a day after health department officials collected samples of milk from the dairy on Wednesday. The samples have been sent to laboratory of the VMC in Lehripura for tests. Sources said normally it takes a fortnight for results to come. But the results of samples of milk are expected by Monday.

On the other hand,Ajit Thakor,vice-chairman of the dairy firm,denying the allegations said,“This is an attempt to malign the image of the dairy. Personnel from our lab accompany supply tankers to villages and seal them once they are filled with milk.”

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