Dairy Queen franchises will have to undergo tests to determine if they have milk sensitivities and be required to follow strict milk-safety guidelines, the Indian food safety regulator said on Tuesday.
The move comes after an outbreak of milk allergy in the country’s biggest dairy industry in the past few months led to widespread protests.
More than 60,000 dairy cows were slaughtered in the first nine months of 2017, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Dairy Queen franchisee Mihir Kumar told The Times that his franchisee has to check each of the milk samples it has on hand, along with samples from other dairy producers.
Kumar said the company has to do this so that it can ensure that its milk is safe for consumers.
“We have to make sure that it is the safest milk available,” he said.
“We have no choice but to follow the milk safety guidelines.”
The Food and Drugs Administration ( FDA ) said it will soon publish an advisory on milk sensitisation in India.
“This advisory is intended to inform consumers of the possible health consequences of eating milk from dairy cows and is a part of our ongoing review of the safety of dairy milk,” the agency said in a statement.
India is the second largest producer of milk globally after the United States.
Its dairy sector is responsible for almost one-third of the countrys gross domestic product (GDP).
It accounts for nearly 60% of the population.
Dairy products accounted for nearly 37% of total food imports in the last fiscal year, according the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).