Five dairies sealed for selling contaminated milk products

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jun 17, 2013-

The Department of Food Technology and Quality Control (DFTQC) on Monday sealed five valley-based dairies and asked people not to consume their products.

The department came up with the action after finding Coliform (a harmful bacterium) contamination in products of Gayatri brand of Kharipati Dairy, Bhaktapur; Amrit and Kantipur brands of Sainju Dairy, Bhaktapur; BDPL brand of Bhaktap-ur Dairy, Bhaktapur; Sanjiwani brand of Sanjiwani Dairy, Bhaktapur; and ADP brand of Adhunik Dairy, Balaju.

DFTQC Spokesperson Pramod Koirala said it sealed the dairies after their products were found contaminated with “excess quantity of pathogenic bacteria” which could pose risk to public health.

The DFTQC said people could suffer from diseases like diarrhoea if they consume Coliform contaminated milk. The microbe, according to the department, usually appears in milk if it is not stored in a hygienic place and is not processed properly.

The department, of late, has intensified cross-checking of food outlets, including dairies. It monitored 14 valley-based dairies on June 6-7, and found Coliform traces in milk sold by most of the dairies, the department said. Three days ago, the department had sealed Adhunik Dairy and Sanjiwani Dairy for a similar reason.

The DFTQC officials faced obstruction from owners and locals while sealing Kharipati Dairy on Monday. Following the obstacle, the District Administration Office, Bhaktapur, arrested three proprietors of the dairy. Koirala said they would decide on the action to be taken against the dairy owners.

Published: 18-06-2013 09:15

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