Made from paint, refined oil, dishwashing detergent, shampoo and glucose powder – the sharper purchase prices of milk fall, the more it enhances attractiveness to rely on poisonous mixtures of toxic ingredients
Consumers pay around €0.80 for 1 litre of milk in a shop. Compared to the purchase price within the European Union, which is around €0.35, the value of milk is more than doubled on its way to the customer. A margin that is still not enough for many criminals. Particularly in Asian regions, adulteration is a daily phenomenon.
The “Food Safety and Standards Authority of India” (FSSAI) estimates the proportion of low-quality milk in the Indian market at 68 per cent. But if it were not only maltodextrin, which is regularly added. In Lahore (Pakistan), the authorities there recently discovered a clandestine factory where incredible events took place. Pkhype magazine reports: “The PFA Bahawalpur team trapped a fake milk production factory while taking action on the warning of its surveillance cell. DG PFA said that fake milk was being produced with vegetable oil, whey powder and hazardous chemicals. He said it is a heinous crime to prepare fake milk with inferior quality material to coin money.”
Fake milk – an endless story
A long chain of reports on counterfeit milk has been running through the media from the long-ago Nestlé milk scandal in China in 2008 to the present days. In addition, there are unsettling reports about the unhealthy high fat and lactose content of original milk, and about the components of antibiotics or other medicines that enter the milk packaging via cows. So it’s hardly surprising that milk is now becoming a discontinued product. Numerous alternatives exist and consumer behaviour is changing, at least in the industrialised countries. Soy milk and other alternatives are becoming increasingly popular. But while soya production is rising immensely (Argentina: +190 percent since 2000, Brazil: +160 percent), milk production remains consistently high.In the European Union it has so far risen from 150 million tonnes in 2015 to (estimated) 156 million tonnes in 2020. This phenomenon can also be seen in other regions of the world. Worldwide milk production is increasing, in India in the last five years by 30 percent.
This increases the price pressure on milk producers, while consumer prices fall minimally at best. The margin for trading companies are on the rise. If raw milk becomes cheaper and cheaper, the incentive for counterfeiters to operate in this market should be reduced. On the contrary! The principle “cheaper is always possible” is a constant motivation to dilute genuine milk by using inferior ingredients. The high production costs of genuine milk, which are stable by nature, are also increasingly contributing to the fact that counterfeit milk is gaining an increasing market share. While a real cow is often no longer worth to feed and treated well, adulterated milk is still easy to produce from paint and oil.