Private dairies hike milk, curd prices again in Chennai | Chennai News

CHENNAI: Amid severe Aavin milk shortage, private dairies have increased the cover prices of milk by Rs2 per litre and of curd by Rs8 per litre, according to circulars sent to dealers here in Chennai. This is the sixth price hike by private dairies in the last 15 months and the second this year.
Citing increase in milk procurement prices and raw material costs (used for production of toned, standardised, and full cream milk), dairies including Thirumala, Jersey, and Srinivasa hiked prices. This is expected to have an impact on retail prices of coffee, tea, and other dairy foods. Criticising the move, S A Ponnusamy of Tamil Nadu Milk Dealers’ Welfare Association said there has been no major change in milk procurement prices in Tamil Nadu and neighbouring states for the past few months but private dairies, which do not come under any sort of price regulation mechanism, have kept increasing the retail prices.
During the past three weeks, many consumers in Chennai, particularly those residing in the western suburbs, were forced to buy private milk as Aavin milk (of the state-owned TN Cooperative Milk Producers’ Federation) milk either reached retailers late or got spoiled frequently. This was because of the ongoing protests for better procurement rates and machine faults at Aavin’s Ambattur processing unit.
There were similar complaints even at the Sholinganallur plant. Even on Tuesday, residents complained of milk spoiling. “Milk delivered to some of us had lumps and developed unpleasant odour,” said V Santhanam, a resident-activist from Chromepet.
TNCMPF officials said such lumps doesn’t mean the milk is spoiled. “The federation is using more skimmed milk powder and butter in the manufacturing processes these days and it requires better pasteurisation and homogenisation standards. Only then milk will move and pour smoothly,” said Ponnusamy.

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