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75pc pasteurised milk unsafe for direct consumption: ICDDR,B

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Health Desk-- 17 May, 2018: Over 75 percent of all pasteurised milk available on the local market is unsafe for direct consumption, according to a recent study by icddr,b.

The icddr,b scientists said pasteurisation is done to kill pathogenic bacteria to make the milk safe to consume, adding that both the national and international standards have zero tolerance for faecal coliforms in pasteurised milk.

 “However, pasteurised milk can only be dangerous if consumed ‘raw’ (unboiled), which is often practised in Bangladesh,” said the research report revealed by icddr,b (International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh) on Wednesday.  

Disclosing the ‘disturbing’ findings about commercially pasteurised milk, which is the primary source of nutrition for children, the study said at every stage of the dairy value chain from the farm to store, milk is found to be highly contaminated with bacteria beyond the normal limits set by national and international standards.