Dairies not to take back unsold milk

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jun 15, 2014-

Dairies will no longer take back unsold milk from retailers from next week in a move to ensure product quality.

A meeting of the Nepal Dairy Association, National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), Dairy Industry Association and representatives of the dairy industry held last week agreed

on the new sales policy. On Sunday, the NDDB issued a notice directing dairies to act accordingly.  

The NDDB said the rule would help to maintain the quality of the milk sold to consumers by preventing dairies from reprocessing unsold stock and putting it back in circulation as fresh milk. The NDDB said that the practice posed a risk to people’s health.

Currently, private dairies have been taking back milk that remains unsold at retail shops. State-owned Dairy Development Corporation (DDC) already has a rule not to take back such milk.

“Reprocessed old milk cannot be of high quality,” said the NDDB’s Executive Director Babu Kaji Pant. According to him, the new rule would also encourage sellers to handle the perishable product with care.

The NDDB said it decided to act following growing pressure from private dairies. Pant said they took the decision based on the consent of various stakeholders.

The NDDB said the provision would come to effect from Saturday. According to Pant, an inspection committee has been formed to make sure that dairies observe the rule.

Meanwhile, private dairies have welcomed the move. “Since we have been taking back unsold milk, sellers have been negligent in storing the milk packets in a proper refrigeration system,” said NDA President Pradeep Maharjan.

He added that retailers often left the milk out in the sun for a long time which led to a deterioration in quality. “With the new rule in force, sellers will be forced to arrange proper cold storage to avoid possible losses,” Maharjan said.

DDC, which stopped taking back unsold milk two years ago, said its policy had prompted sellers to install proper storage facilities to keep the milk in good

condition. “Better preservation of milk helps prevent emergence of microbes,” said DDC Spokesperson Giridhar Bajracharya.

Published: 16-06-2014 09:17

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