SRINAGAR: The officials entrusted with checking food quality of Kashmir will bid goodbye to lactometer – once their choice of device to prove purity of milk- as mobile testing vans equipped to carry a range of tests on milk, and other food commodities including spices, oils and pulses take over.
Officials at the Drug and Food Control Organisation here said three mobile testing vans fitted with gadgets to carry on spot tests for adulteration in food have been pressed in service.
Hilal Ahamd Mir, Assistant Commissioner, Food Safety, told Kashmir Reader, that in the past they had to rely on basic equipments to check adulteration, like lactometer for milk.
Now, Mir is confident that mobile testing vans will not only improve their reach in the valley, but will give them an edge to detect adulterations instantly and confiscate food products on spot.
He said that apart from milk, the testing vans can check adulteration in rice, edible oils, ghee, spices and other food products.
Customers can also avail the services of the testing van by paying Rs 20 for carrying a test.
Milk adulteration has been one of the major concerns in the Valley, he said.
“The quality of milk in our markets is not up to the mark. Even though there are very few reports of synthetic milk in the market, but adding water and preservatives by milk vendors is the most prevalent complain,” Mir said.
He added that Food Authority of India will be providing them with another mobile testing vehicle that will also be pressed into service.
He said the department usually sets checks points at several city entry points to check the quality of milk entering the city. The officials say that they have fined many of these milk vendors though courts.
For milk the tests conducted can find the percentage of SNF, starch, urea, Glucose, Sugar, neutraliser, Boric acid and sodium chloride.
In oils it can give instant results about the presence of agrimone and mineral oils while for spices it detects adulterants, and added colours.