Brazil: Eight Arrested Rio Grande do Sul for producing, selling adulterated milk

Posted on May 9, 2013 • Filed under: Agriculture, Brazil, Crime, Latin America Health, Police/Military Activity reported on May 8, 2013, the Public Ministry of Rio Grande do Sul (RS-MP), initiated Operation Milk Plywood to combat the adulteration of milk by five milk transportation companies transporting about 100 million liters of milk between April 2012 and May 2013. Targeted brands included Italac, Good Taste, Mumu, and Latvida. Eight suspects have been arrested and accused of corruption. Investigators claim the gang added water and a substance similar to urea (contains formaldehyde and is considered a carcinogen) as a means to increase the volume and profit of the product. The Public Ministry estimates that about 1 million pounds of urea has been used. The fraud was confirmed after a chemical analysis of raw milk traced the use of formaldehyde in its final product. The Ministry of Agriculture (MAPA) closed down three gas cooling stations on Wednesday because of the failure to prevent production of fraud milk. Stations will only reopen once companies can effectively protect the quality of the product. Read Article

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