Maharashtra State Co-operatives Federation has constituted a Joint Action Committee (JAC) to check milk adulteration and supply of inferior quality products. The panel will carry out monthly raids on dairies and collect random samples to be tested for quality norms at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) laboratories.
Chairman of the committee Vinayak Patil said the federation has taken the initiative owing to increasing incidents of adulteration and supply of inferior quality milk.
Initially,we had planned daily raids but had to change it to monthly as the federation is dependent on FDA laboratories for conducting tests. We are hoping this move will force cooperative and private brands to supply good quality milk, said Patil.
Besides quality control,the committee will also work on bringing uniformity in milk prices. Presently,each brand provides different commission or incentives to retailers resulting in varying milk prices. Also, those selling products at low prices may be indulging in adulteration. The committee will sort out these issues so that consumers get good quality milk at a reasonable price, he added.
The committee has also decided to revise procurement rate for cow milk to Rs 20 per litre. Presently,the rates vary between Rs 18.50 and Rs 21.50 per litre.
We have decided to make rates uniform. This will restrict unhealthy competition among milk collectors. Rates for buffalo milk will be decided later, said Patil.
Patil said though the procurement rates have been revised,the retail prices will remain unchanged.
At a meeting attended by as many as 100 representatives of different dairies from across the state,the Federation also decided to meet Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar regarding various pending issues faced by dairy operators.