Indian Dairy Association (IDA), the apex body of the dairy industry in the country, today stressed on the need to enhance the usage of stainless steel in the dairy industry to ensure safe and healthy dairy products. Taking its commitment ahead to enhance usage of standard products, Bureau of Indian Standards has also released the new standards for design and development of stainless steel milk cans. The seminar on “Stainless Steel in Dairy; to enhance Food Safety”, jointly organised by Indian Stainless Steel Development Association (ISSDA) and Indian Dairy Association in alliance with Jindal Stainless, asserted on the significance of using stainless steel in dairy. Present on the occasion were Dr. G. S. Rajorhia, Vice President- Indian Dairy Association, Mr. Anupam Prakash, Director- Ministry of Steel, Shri K. K. Pahuja, President, Indian Stainless Steel Development Association and Mr. Ashok Gupta , Director Jindal Stainless (Hisar) Limited among others.
Hygiene and quality is increasingly becoming a common concern for milk and milk products which is consumed by all age groups. 70% of the milk production pertains to unorganized sector. India being the largest producer of Milk at 146.3 million tonnes/day demands specified guidelines for the segment when it comes to health. The focus of the unorganized is more on commercial aspect than the hygiene and health issue which leads to use of unfavorable materials for processing and storage. Various research reports emphasize that use of hazardous materials in dairy industry have serious impact on public health as few materials lead to food contamination. Stainless Steel has emerged as an alternate material for various usages in the dairy sector and approximately 8000-10,000MT of Stainless Steel is used for storage, processing and transportation equipments every year in India. CODEX, the international food standards under WHO, has also recommended stainless steel as a preferred material for storage of food and transportation. CODEX is a collection of internationally recognized standards, codes of practice, guidelines, and other recommendations relating to foods, food production, and food safety.
Commenting on this occasion, Mr. K.K Pahuja, President, ISSDA, “Research demonstrates that compared to other materials, Stainless Steel is the most hygienic and biologically suitable material for milk processing and storage. Due to increased focus on hygiene, quality and food safety standards, usage of stainless steel has grown. Our effort is to increase the pace of adoption of stainless steel in this area to ensure a better public health.”
Mr. Dr. G S Rajorhia, Vice President, Indian Dairy Association said, “Stainless Steel is an integral part of dairy industry. Its erosion and corrosion free characteristic is recognized by the dairy industry for total food safety and public health.”
Mr. Ashok Gupta, Director, Jindal Stainless (Hisar) Limited said “We appreciate the efforts taken by regulators to ensure quality standards as with new guidelines issued by BIS for milk cans , the scenario will change in the dairy sector as well. Taking a cue from these efforts, we, at Jindal stainless along with can producers, have developed a low cost prototype (204 CU- food grade approved) of Stainless Steel milk can which is not only better in quality but also low cost as it uses alternate stainless steel grade and conforms to standard laid out by Bureau of Indian Standards for milk cans.”
Indian Stainless Steel Development Association is the unifying point for the growth and development of stainless steel usage in India. Founded in 1989 by leading stainless steel producers, it was formed with the explicit objective of diversifying the applications of stainless steel in India and increasing usage volumes in the country. At the point of formation of ISSDA, the main visible application in daily life was essentially household kitchenware. It currently has a membership of over 145 companies engaged in the stainless steel business.
Indian Dairy Association, an apex body of the Dairy industry in India, established in 1948 with an objective to establish a forum for professional scientists, farmers and equipment manufacturers in the field of Dairy and allied agro food business to provide opportunities for the dissemination of knowledge and ideas in research, planning, production, processing, marketing etc.