Mangalore, August 20: The Office-bearers of the Dakshina Kannada Milk Producer's Cooperative Union Limited (DKMUL) on Monday battled the ‘poison’ rumours and drank the milk directly from Nandini packets in front of media.
After the confidence-building demo, Raviraj Hegde, the president of DKMUL told media persons that the rumours that Nandini milk sold by them was poisoned was indeed a handiwork of some anti-social elements who wanted to instill fear in the minds of people.
Urging the people not to pay heed to any such rumours, he said that DKMUL got samples from several different locations, tested and found them safe.
Informing that DKMUL supplies around 3.36 litres of milk to over 2.5 lakh consumer every day, he said not a single incident which supports the ‘poison’ rumour was reported so far.
Mr Hegde said that DKMUL has been supplying milk for 25 years and has been awarded ISO - 22000-2005 certification. Nandini milk is processed scientifically and undergoes quality check every day, he said.
He also said that the similar rumours of ‘milk poisoning’ were circulating in some other parts of Karnataka on Sunday and spread to Dakshina Kannada on Monday with some variations.
“We and our consumers want to know who started to spread these rumours and why? We also have lodged a complaint with police, who visited the dairy and carryout out inspection”, he said.
Meanwhile Deputy Commissioner N S Channappa Gowda has warned rumour mongers that strict action would be initiated against them if found guilty of spreading message about Nandini milk being adulterated or unsafe for consumption.
Mangalore City Police Commissioner Seemanth Kumar Singh also has warned that stringent action would be taken against those who spread such rumours.