Bengaluru, Aug 29: Next time be careful while consuming your glass of milk. Now, the popular milk brand Nandini has come under the food safety watchdog scanner.
The National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) in Chennai has reportedly found pesticide in a packet of Nandini milk.
According to reports, NABL officials randomly picked few packets of Nandini Full Cream Milk in Chennai and after conducting tests, officials found pesticide content in one of the milk packets. [Beware! Lab re-test confirms presence of detergent, frozen fat in Mother Dairy milk]Cypermethrin, which is a synthetic pyrethroid insecticide, was found in the milk. The amount of the pesticide in the milk was 40% higher than the limit prescribed by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
Gaurav Maheshwari, the founder of Wisetummy.com, an online nutritional start-up, had sent the Nandini milk samples to the NABL.
Mr Maheshwari was quoted as saying, "I strongly feel that consumers should be informed about their food choices. Cypermethrin is a pyrethoid insecticide. The World Health Organisation classifies it as ‘moderately hazardous'."
Meanwhile, Ravikumar Kakade, Director (Marketing), Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) was quoted as saying, "It is a bolt from the blue for me and we are totally ignorant of this test. Such tests are subjected to a protocol. It should be done in the presence of the manufacturer, even if it is our milk."