Maggi scare: Are we overlooking other common incidents of food adulteration?

With Maggi pulling off its stocks from the Indian market, it is evident that Nestle India is really concerned about the wind that has picked up a jet speed and has all but destroyed customer trust. But how much are we aware of the bigger picture? About our vulnerability to heavy metals and other contaminants that could easily find a way to sink into our bodies through supposedly healthy foods we consume. Let’s have a quick peek!

Milk, consumed daily by Indians even across the globe has found to be comprise adulterants such as water, chalk, urea, caustic soda and skimmed milk. Not to mention that tests have made known that milk produced by cows is already adulterated with paint, detergents, caustic soda, urea and shampoo as cows largely graze on garbage.

Adulterants found in khoya are paper, refined oil and skimmed milk powder. Ghee in India is allegedly laced with potatoes and vanaspati, while dried and coloured corn is said to be passed off as the saffron thread that is usually used to decorate traditional Indian sweets. Are these combined the cause of the big, bad stomach pain? There is more.

With this being the mango season, anyone who buys a mango might be consuming mild carcinogen. The king of fruits is artificially ripened with calcium carbide and similar ripening accelerants despite the prevention of food adulteration act making it illegal to use such chemicals.

About 70% of coconut oil distributed through retail networks that are unbranded is impure and known to cause allergies. Wax coating to increase the shelf life of apple is a serious concern since wax is unfit for human consumption though its health hazards are yet to be discovered completely.

Did you know that we are literally consuming poison in other forms as well. How?

Brinjal: Chemical found is heptachlor, 860% above the legal limit

Cabbage: Chemical found is cypermethrin, 95.5% above the legal limit

Okra: Chemical found is heptachlor, 55% above the legal limit

Rice: Chemical found is chlorfenvinfos, 1324% above the legal limit

Banana: Chemical found is chlorodane, 54% above the legal limit

Cauliflower: Chemical found is aldrin, 320% above the legal limit

Apple: Chemical found is dichlorvas, 140% above the legal limit

Consuming pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables over a long period of time will no doubt prove fatal. But is the FSSAI equipped to completely overhaul existing processes and ensure that the food Indians are consuming is half way safe.

Reference:

http://www.healthfitnessindia.com/profiles/blogs/food-adulteration-in-india-issues-and-basic-to-advanced-solutions?id=6458971%3ABlogPost%3A6553&page=2

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