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MILK ADULTERATION – A REVIEW

Justin K Joy1, K. Krishnakumar2

Milk adulteration is a common social problem in today. Apart from the ethical and economical issue, it also creates health hazards. Some of them may cause renal disease, skin disease, eye and heart problem or it may lead to cancer. So, for preventing these, detection and control of milk adulteration is very important. It is a common practice by the milk supplier to add water. Addition of water changes specific gravity of the milk and its natural color gets destroyed. To compensate specific gravity, different types of salt and sugar are used. Chemical adulterants are used for various purposes. The common adulterants are starch, urea, sugar, formalin, peroxides etc. Many studies on milk adulteration and detection have been carried out in different part of India. The present work will give a clear picture of the quality of milk available from the local market and this review tries to view the different adulterations in the milk samples. By this we can give awareness to the public.

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