Kathmandu, October 13
Market monitors mobilised from the Kathmandu metropolitan city have found that the government-owned Dairy Development Corporation had in its stock 194,975 kg butter past its expiry date.
The government-run corporation had purchased the butter from Sujal Dairy, Pokhara to produce ghee.
The monitoring team found the butter packets stored for ghee production at DDC’s production plant in Balaju of Kathmandu on Tuesday.
Hari Bahadur Bhandari, the leader of the monitoring team, says the butter packets have a label that they should have been used within eight months whereas the manufacturing dates are between November 2019 and January 2020.
Meanwhile, the DDC’s Balaju project chief Govinda Joshi has claimed the butter is still usable. Since it is stored at a temperature of -20 degree celsius, it can be used up to 18 months, he claims.
However, consumer right activist Madhav Timilsina says the government-owned company that should inspire private companies to follow consumer ethics storing the butter past expiry dates is a crime.