Some simple tests to check milk and milk products for common adulterants
Reports of substandard and adulterated food frequent the front pages of newspapers. Samples of items we consume daily—milk, pulses, oils, vegetables, sugar, among many others—have been rated substandard.
While it is difficult to track the production process and locate the item’s source, simple tests can help you distinguish a pure sample from an adulterated one.
Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, has released a list of tests to detect some common food adulterants using household ingredients. The book is a compilation of tests for Detecting Adulterants with Rapid Testing (DART) covers common adulterants like artificial and toxic colours, extraneous matter.
In the first article of a series, we look at some easy ways to test milk for adulterants.
Test 1: Water in milk
Test 2: Detergent in milk
Test 3: Detecting starch in milk and milk products
Tests and images sourced from FSSAI’s booklet “DART”.
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