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Agra:  Two samples of milk produced by Mother Dairy have been found to be substandard, and one of them contained detergent, a food watchdog official said on Tuesday. A Mother Dairy official denied the charges, saying the company conducts “stringent quality tests”, and the substandard milk was wrongly attributed to it.

Ram Naresh Yadav, chief of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) department in Agra, said two samples were taken from Mother Dairy’s collection centres in Bah tehsil, 70 km from Agra city, in November 2014.

“The samples were sent to the Lucknow laboratory which declared both of them substandard. The company challenged the results and demanded the samples be sent to the Kolkata lab, which too found them defective. In fact, the Kolkata lab found one sample contained detergent,” Yadav said.

However, a Mother Dairy official denied that the milk supplied in pouches was substandard.

“It is very unfortunate that the samples collected at the village level are being wrongly attributed to Mother Dairy,” Sandeep Ghosh, business head for milk at Mother Dairy Fruit & Vegetable Pvt. Ltd., said.

“We would like to clarify that at Mother Dairy, milk undergoes four levels of thorough testing at input, processing, dispatches and even at market level. Every tanker of milk reaching our plants passes a series of 23 stringent quality tests to check any deviation from defined parameters.

“These tests assist in detecting contamination of milk through water, urea, detergent, oil, etc. For any such adulteration, the milk is immediately rejected from further action. Only after securing clearance from all quality measures, the milk is then accepted for processing and re-examined after processing,” Ghosh said.

The Mother Dairy official said that as a “responsible organisation”, they follow “100 percent testing protocol rather than resorting to random testing procedures”.

“To ensure only best and safe quality milk reaches our consumers, we make sure that every batch of milk is again tested before dispatch.”

He also said Mother Dairy follows a “unique practice” of testing its own milk at retail points too.

Around 100 samples from the market are tested on a daily basis, thus ensuring that the products available are safe for consumption, Ghosh said.

The spokesperson said supplies were often rejected by the company if found to be substandard.

“The rejections are due to quality concerns and may vary. We rejected 10 milk tankers in December 2014. The rejected milk is not permitted inside our premises and returned back to suppliers,” the official said. (IANS)

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Study Suggests Obese Children who Meet Milk Guidelines Have Less Risk of Metabolic Syndrome

Milk intake may cut metabolic syndrome risk in obese kids

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Study Suggests Obese Children who Meet Milk Guidelines Have Less Risk of Metabolic Syndrome
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Is your child obese? If so, drinking at least two servings of any type of cows’ milk each day are more likely to have lower fasting insulin, indicating better blood sugar control — risk factors for metabolic syndrome, according to a study.

Metabolic syndrome is defined as the presence of at least three of five conditions that increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke–high blood pressure, high levels of blood sugar or triglycerides, excess belly fat, and low “good” cholesterol levels.

The results showed that children who drank less than one cup of milk each day had significantly higher levels of fasting insulin than those who drank less than or at least two cups a day.

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“Our findings indicate that obese children who consume at least the daily recommended amount of milk may have more favourable sugar handling and this could help guard against metabolic syndrome,” said Michael Yafi from the University of Texas Health Science Centre, US.

For the study, the team analysed 353 obese kids and adolescents aged three to 18 years and recorded information on daily milk intake, milk types, sugary drinks intake, fasting blood glucose, and insulin sensitivity.

The results presented at 2018 European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Austria, showed that kids who drank at least two cups of milk a day no association between milk intake and blood glucose or lipid levels.

Also Read: “Most obese people likely to stay fat” : Study

Another study, presented at the 2018 ECO, stated that dairy products had no link in the development of childhood obesity, as thought earlier.

According to the researchers, no evidence was found to suggest that body fatness varied by type of milk or dairy products, or with age of the children as opposed to the known belief. (IANS)