FSSAI recently issued notice to dairy magnum – Amul for refusal of its imperative programme of fortification of milk. Amul’s managing-director Mr. Sodhi, had rejected the plan for fortification. The idea was to artificially infuse nutrients into the milk.
Pawan Kumar Agarwal, chief executive officer, FSSAI, on the sidelines of a programme in Mumbai, said, “We have sent a notice to Amul for not accepting the fortification programme and spreading the wrong message in the dairy industry.”
He added, “FSSAI, being the apex food regulator, all the decisions are made for the betterment of the society. Any decision that we take comes through a host of deliberations, as we have a robust mechanism, wherein 200 members are there in the scientific panel, and after several rounds of considerations, the standards are made.”
Speaking about the milk fortification programme, Sodhi said, “We have declined to be a part of the programme, as we want natural fortification to take place, because we do not use any sort of chemical.”
He added, “The fortification programme is not mandatory. It is voluntary, so we have not taken up the programme.”
“We support FSSAI. They have done a lot on labelling and packaging, but if they make milk fortification mandatory, we will have to file an petition against it,” Sodhi stated.