In the country of Georgia 10 out of 15 dairy products are fake, often made of vegetable oil instead of animal fat, according to the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG). It’s legal – despite international standards, which prohibit the sale of products made with vegetable oil under the name of milk and dairy products.
“Falsification of milk is a crime to me,” says Eter Sarjveladze of the CSRDG. “Milk is a major food group for children, milk can replace any other product, while no other product can substitute for milk. It includes all the substances that are essential to the human body and easy for digestion. Milk includes more than a hundred components that are vital for normal human development. The consumer spends money for this, in belief that he purchases a very useful product, but then gets a poison.”
Following a December 2013 report by the CSRDG that revealed that 90% of milk and dairy products made in Georgia are based on vegetable oil, the government took steps to create new definitions and quality standards.
In the meantime, Georgian consumers are left with an unfortunate alternative: to purchase milk from local villagers whose cows might be infected by tuberculosis. One Georgian citizen asks “which is better: tuberculosis-ridden milk that is boiled, or fake milk made from vegetable oil?”
Disturbingly, this system of fake, devoid-of-nutrition “dairy” products is not unique to Georgia. An article from the Fall 2013 issue of Wise Traditions titled “The Great Milk Robbery” provides fascinating in-depth coverage of how corporations are misleading and cheating the world’s poor out of fresh milk.
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