A video where a man is mixing dirty water in a white coloured liquid is floating on social media with the claim that adulterated milk is being supplied to people in flood-affected areas.

See how this burger adding flood water in the milk the milk is for flood affected peoples from the some dinar
Spread this vedeo as much as you can so that this person gets punished

Posted by Akash Ahale on Monday, 12 August 2019

A similar claim is viral in Punjabi – “ਹੜ ਵਾਲੇ ਇਲਾਕਿਆਂ ਵਿਚ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਛੋਟੇ ਬੱਚਿਆਂ ਲਈ ਦੁੱਧ ਪਹੁੰਚਾ ਰਹੀ ਹੈ, ਪਰ ਇਥੇ ਵੀ ਬੇਈਮਾਨ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਦੀ ਕਮੀ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੈ, ਰੱਬ ਤੋਂ ਡਰੋ ਓਏ। ਉਸ ਨੂੰ ਪਤਾ ਵੱਡੇ ਘਪਲਿਆਂ ਅੱਗੇ ਮੇਰਾ ਛੋਟਾ ਘਪਲਾ ਵਾ । ਇਹ ਜਿਹੇ ਬੰਦੇ ਨੂੰ ਫਾਂਸੀ ਲਾਈ ਹੋਵੇ ਫਿਰ ਦੇਖੋ ਕਿਹੜਾ ਘਪਲਾ ਕਰਦਾ । ਕੋਈ ਰੂਲ ਨੀ ਲੋਕ ਪਤਾ ਉਸ ਨੂੰ ਰੋਲਾ ਪਾ ਕੇ ਹਾਂ ਹਾਂ ਕਰਨ ਜੋਗੇ ਆ।”

A Marathi caption is also used to widely share the video – “पूरग्रस्त भागात दुध पुरवठा करण्यात येत आहे पण त्यातहि भ्रष्टाचार करतोय हा हरामखोर दुधाची कमतरता भरून काढण्यासाठी पुराचे पाणी टाकतोय तो ईतके फेमस करा की तो पकडला गेला पाहिजे.”

Video not from India

The man in the video has worn a cap which says – “Duque Presidente”, which is Spanish for “Duque President”. Duque or Iván Duque Márquez is the current President of Colombia.

Another clue in the video is a can that has the word “Tronador D” imprinted on it. We found that Tronador D is a herbicide developed for the control of broad herbaceous and semi-woody broad weeds in pastures. Details about the herbicide were found on the website of a Colombian company that produces agricultural products.

A reverse-search of one of the frames of the video on Google led us to a Spanish website that had penned an article on the video. Though the website does not confirm the location of the incident, it says that water from Magdalena River in Colombia was mixed in milk.

Alt News, however, also found that other claims suggesting that the alleged adulteration of milk took place in Manaus, Brazil. This was asserted by Roma News, a Portuguese website which said that the incident happened in the municipality of Autazes in Amazonas, Brazil.

While the exact location of the video could not be ascertained, it is clear that the incident did not take place in India due to the presence of the Tronador D container. The pesticide is not available for sale in India. Furthermore, there is also no conclusive evidence which proves that the man was mixing the dirty water in milk and not some other white coloured liquid.

[This article was updated on August 20, 2019 to include the false claim viral in Punjabi.]

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Pooja Chaudhuri is a senior editor at Alt News.