Quality of fresh milk in Karachi not satisfactory

Karachi: Additional Commissioner Karachi Haji Ahmed on Monday said that it is found that the fresh milk being sold out in the city is mostly unhygienic and hazardous for health.

Addressing a press conference at Commissioner Karachi office, Haji Ahmed said that inspection teams, formed by Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, collected 17 samples of fresh milk from two different areas of the city and sent 11 of them for laboratory testing. “The laboratory tests revealed that out of 11 samples 09 were unhygienic.”

He said that the inspection teams would carry out more raids at retailer shops and milk farms in order to ensure supply of hygienic milk in the city.

Ahmed said that a committee, led by him, was formed by the commissioner Karachi to provide relief to consumers by stabilizing rates of daily-use commodities. “The committee will take action against those overcharging consumers.”

“The committee, after consultation with its members, also fixed rates of 77 daily-use items,” he said adding that the prices of 42 items were found stable while hike in prices of 30 items was observed; however, rates of 5 daily-use items decreased.”
The additional commissioner said that after comparing these prices with the rates prevailed in last Ramazan, it was found that prices of 37 items, hiked and prices of 30 items decreased.

He said that assistant commissioners, on the direction of commissioner Karachi, had fined 1473 milk sellers, 612 poultry sellers, 31 butchers, 129 vegetable sellers, 60 fruit sellers, 110 flour sellers and 76 grocery store owners for overcharging. “The total amount collected in terms of fine is Rs 3,550,500.”