Indian Ghee Contaminated with Animal Fat

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By Antony Brennan, originally posted at ISKCON News (www. news. iskon. com) on 19 Nov 2007

Laboratory tests reveal that many brands of ghee manufactured in India are adulterated with the body fat of animals. The lab report says the only way to guarantee the purity of your ghee is to make it yourself.

Using an Infrared Spectrum test, Anatech laboratory research center analyzed a variety of brands and confirmed that much of India’s ghee production is contaminated.

“We had samples tested and it has proved positive for animal fat beyond any doubt,” Bhakti Raghava Swami who organized the research said.

Anatech laboratory was chosen for the tests after approaching a variety of labs. “Anatech was the only lab which had facilities to accurately identify the contaminants,” Bhakti Raghava Maharaj said. “The others could tell if it was adulterated but not particularly by animal fats,” he said . The lab reported that some ghee contained up to 15% animal fat

India TV, amongst other channels, aired footage filmed at some of the ghee manufacturing plants. The footage revealed what vegetarians had feared. It confirmed that animals were being rendered and their fat added to ghee products.

“There were bodies of dead animals all around,” said Madhavendu Dasa after seeing the news reports. “There were scenes of animal fat boiling in big drums and some where slabs of fat were just hanging,” he said.

One factory allegedly adulterates ghee with a chemical named Styrai which is usually only used for detergent and soap. Excessive consumption of Styrai is said to cause liver diseases including cancer.

In India, milk and milk products attract only a 5% profit margin. In order to compete effectively in the market some manufacturers have taken the step of adulterating their products to reduce the base cost and increase the profit margin. The discovery and subsequent reporting of the ghee deception may prove to reduce the profits of many ghee producer.

Anatech laboratory research center has also tested milk and other milk products to reveal that some brands are adulterated with vegetable oil or are a mix between cow and buffalo milk.

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1 Unregistered

Hare krishna,

Can you please list the name the brands which perticullarly uses Animal fat, and also seprate list of companies which uses vegetable oil or buffalo milk to produce ghee…. I am ok with vegetarian mixtures with ghee as I dont have any time to cook ghee for my self so please give the details…


Comment posted by omdas on November 29th, 2007
2 Unregistered

Best solution for this serious problem: organize ghee production by devotees[sincere] and guarantee 100% each container,as no one can be sure of puity of ghee,as sometimes the owners of companies are islamic,and so don’t mind fat with ghee,or care for purity for “idols”It should be a serious item to resolve at the next GBC meeting!

Comment posted by cidanandas on November 30th, 2007
3 abrennan

Dear Omdas. The laboratory did not detail the names of the producers. They tested only Indian produced ghee however. They said the only way to guarantee purity within India was to make your own.

So making your own or obtaining it from other devotees as Cidanadas may be the only answer. American European or Australian may prove to be a more reliable source of commercially produced ghee. There could be a pragmatic devotee business in importing these products into India.

One would hope that after the TV coverage there would be some change within India.

Comment posted by abrennan on November 30th, 2007
4 Unregistered

Hare krishna,

Yes this is a very good idea for a devotee or for a temple business…. we allready sell lots of food items from our temple stores then why not ghee as well….. ghee can easily be stored for months withouth going out of date!! so yes I request temples to start selling ghee from there…. Iwill love to be first customer even if it is bit expensive…. Thanks and hare krishna

Comment posted by omdas on November 30th, 2007
5 Pandu das

It’s a shame that honest ghee producers in India have to suffer because of contamination in others’ products. Also I would like to know if the ghee in my cupboard pure. The lab should identify the culprits.

Comment posted by Pandu das on November 30th, 2007
6 Unregistered


Hi anthony this is a really good insight. Maybe you can present this in our next BV ie 26/12/2007.

I guess the only this is to see how much time is required to actually make the ghee. And if it is a viable income area for sustaining the Temple.

Vrajanath Krsna DAS

Comment posted by vrajanath.krsna.DAS on December 3rd, 2007
7 abrennan

Good on you mate, I was hoping to hear more from YOU at that event : )

Comment posted by abrennan on December 3rd, 2007
8 Unregistered

Hare krishna,

I think it takes around 1.5 to 2 hours to make ghee from seprated cream….. Also if one temple or farm is producing ghee then it can be transported to different temples and then different temples can sell it.

Also I personally dont mind if any milk (i.e. milk from shopping malls) is used in making ghee, as far there is no animal fat or any thing unedible for us is in there!!

I am looking forward for this to happen some time….. hare krishna

Comment posted by omdas on December 4th, 2007

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