The Government of Andhra Pradesh on 1st June, 2023 has commenced the operation of the Andhra Pradesh Milk Procurement (Protection of Farmers) and Enforcement of Safety of Milk Standards Act, 2023. The government decided to enforce an Act to bring all the rules under one umbrella to ensure effective enforcement of law and delegate power to seize milk analysers in case of violations.
The object of the act is to regulate the transactions at the milk procurement centers, enforce safety standards for the produce and protect interests of dairy farmers and the consumers.
The Act has defined the adulteration of milk. According to it, ‘Adulterant’ means any material which is or can be employed for making milk unsafe or substandard or mis-branded or containing extraneous matter.
This Act mandates a license for the use of milk analyzers. Section 12 of the Act says, “No person shall use milk analyzer for procurement of milk unless he obtains a license from the authorized officer in such manner and on payment of such fees, as may be prescribed. An online platform will be made available for issuing of license and other procedures of this Act through software application.”
This Act has also introduced penalties and imprisonments for violations of the law.
The Andhra Pradesh Milk Procurement (Protection of Farmers) and Enforcement of Safety of Milk Standards Act, 2023 shall be enforced with effect from June 01, 2023.