Danish milk scanners cleaning up Indian dairy industry

Diluted and even toxic milk is a massive problem in India

Norwegian pilot strike causing a mess this Pentecost weekend (photo: Cargado por Denniss)
August 5th, 2014 11:11 am| by admin
facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmail

Engineers from the Danish company Foss – a leading provider of solutions for the production of agricultural food products – have developed a scanner which reveals milk fraud by dairy farmers in India.

The scanner, named Milkoscan, costs one tenth of previous models and can help tackle the widespread problem of diluted milk being sold by dairy farmers in India.

“We have known for many years that there is a huge market in India, but until now the technology has been too expensive,” Henrik Juhl, a chemical engineer with Foss, told Ingeniøren newspaper.

Diluted and even toxic milk is a massive problem in India where dairy farmers mix their milk with anything from water, sugar and vegetable oil to fertiliser and uric acid, in order to make more profits. Buffalo milk with eight percent fat is often diluted to half the fat percentage in this manner.

READ MORE: Chinese milk means big gains for Arla

Unaffordable until now
Testing the quality of the milk in India has long been an issue, but with 120,000 pick-up points spread across the country, it’s been difficult for regions to invest in modern analysis apparatuses.

“One thing is that the consumers don’t get the goods that they pay for, but another thing is that in many cases, the milk becomes detrimental to the consumers' health,” Juhl said, comparing the issue to the milk powder in China in 2008 where six babies died and over 50,000 were hospitalised because melamine was added to their formula.

The scanner functions by sending infrared light through the milk sample, measuring how the chemical bonds in the milk absorb the light at various wavelengths. In less than 40 seconds a chemical imprint of the milk is obtained, showing if it is pure or if it has been diluted.

The scanner was launched in India just before the summer period this year.

You are asking for it! (photos: Noho)
Where you’ll play and stay all day long
Noho Flæsketorvet 26, Cph V; open Wed-Sat 17:00-02:00; facebook.com/noh...
Small companies have trouble with tax time (photo: iStock)
More than half of companies bungle tax assessments
While 99.7 percent of Danes accurately complete their tax self-assessments,...
(photo: Sony Entertainment)
For the last time, it’s all about the bass
Love her or hate her, she’s coming to Denmark, and not many 21-year-olds ...
Everything looks good! What should I try first?
Piling up and pigging out on Texas portions of plenty
  First-time visitors to New York are often disappointed by the siz...
The future is SME (photo: istock)
Trading Kingdoms: Export opportunities for Danish SMEs
  This year we chose to highlight the potential of SMEs, not only b...
"Right, everyone out, I need a little alone time" (photo: istock)
Mind over managing: Everyday People
  This is our busiest time of the year at the office. Time seems to...