Chennai: FSSAI Raids Shop & Finds Stock Of Breast Milk; Seals It For Selling Breast Milk

FSSAI inspected the shop and found bottles of breast milk.

by Shreya Ghosh
Chennai: FSSAI Raids Shop & Finds Stock Of Breast Milk; Seals It For Selling Breast Milk

Every newborn baby grows up drinking breast milk. Loaded with nutrients and antibodies, this is suitable for infants’ health and helps them to grow. We all are aware that this form of nutrition is only for babies and adults should strictly avoid drinking it. However, there are outlets and shops selling breast milk to customers. Recently, Food Safety and Standards Authorities of India (FSSAI) raided a shop in Chennai and discovered breast milk stocked up inside.

FSSAI Investigated Shop For Selling Breast Milk

FSSAI Breast Milk

A team of FSSAI officials headed to a local shop in Chennai’s Madhavaram on Friday and conducted an inspection. The officials found a stock of breast milk in the fridge while raiding the outlet. After discovering bottles inside the shop, the Food Safety Department of Tamil Nadu sealed it as the vendor was selling breast milk illegally. According to a report by The Times of India, they found about 90 bottles. Each of these was filled with breast milk measuring 100 ml.

Many bottles had information about the mothers mentioned on them. Rest were pasteurised and labelled, Dr M Jegadish Chandra Bose shared with TOI. The food safety officials collected samples of the breast milk discovered there and delivered them for testing at a laboratory in Guindy. They cancelled the licence of the vendor too.

The officials kept an eye on the store for more than a week. They were informed about the outlet doing illegal business of selling breast milk. According to a report by The Indian Express, the store was under scrutiny for 10 days. While they did not find any proof regarding the sale of breast milk while it was under scrutiny, they discovered the truth during the investigation.

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The Food Safety Body Issued An Advisory For Human Milk

FSSAI Breast Milk

FSSAI released an advisory on selling human milk recently. It clearly stated processing and selling it is not permitted. It violates the Food Safety and Standards Act of 2006. The safety body alerted the operators and mentioned that the commercial sale of breast milk is illegal in India. Also, it advised all states to strictly prohibit the sale of human milk.

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