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Food Adulteration in India - Issues and Basic to Advanced Solutions for Reducing and Stopping it

Hi All, 

6th April 2014: Jiski maa insaan woh kaisa doodh pilaye? Today it’s more than likely that your glassful of doodh, or milk, contains everything from contaminated water, urea and milk powder to detergent, bleaching agents and the (banned) hormone oxytocin. 

All the entrepreneurs emphasize their humane dairy farming practices—free-range cows “pampered” with tailor-made feed free of any pesticides, on-call nutritionists and veterinarians, mechanized milking, no hormones or antibiotics, and the fact that the milk is absolutely untouched till it reaches the customer’s doorstep. 

All these brands are, of course, available at a premium. Insaan hona bhi to premium hai sadak ke kutte, suar aur jungle ke sher, hathi se. I wish an increasing number of people would be able to get pure milk.  

http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/7cOpOIfRWLHHxSDMQWXlVO/The-new-whit...

30th March 2014: Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Kamaljeet Singh Dhillon said that the raids were conducted on a tip-off that some milk-sellers were preparing synthetic milk and other products by using  adulterated milk products at Longiwind. 
 
"We have seized 25,000 litres of adulterated milk from two canter tanks and 8 kg desi ghee," said the SSP.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/punjab/bathinda/sarpanch-among-two-he...

8th March 2014: How do Indian women feel being an Indian on International Women's Day? What do you do for yourself and for your future to feel great as Indian? Perhaps it also depends on what you've learned from previous generations. How would you make the future generations?

Please share with people about our issues to make them aware so that they would reduce doing things that harm us. Think of how pigs and tigers goes after their food and then think of how humans should go after their food.

The Delhi High Court today termed as "alarming" the findings of an expert committee on the status of pesticide residues in food commodities and said almost entire 1.75 crore Delhiites eat fruits and vegetables which are not fit for human consumption.

The NGO Consumer Voice, one of the petitioners in the court, said the quantum of pesticides in fruits and vegetables in India, especially those sold in Delhi markets, was as much as 750 times the European standards.

The NGO claimed that of the five internationally banned pesticides, four were found to be common in vegetables sold here.

The move had come after some NGOs submitted survey reports that vegetables and fruits sold in the city's markets contain poisons capable of causing cancer and harming the nervous system and liver.

http://www.financialexpress.com/news/pesticides-in-veggies-hc-terms...

4th March 2014: “We may be eating dangerous dye, sawdust, soap, stone, industrial starch or aluminium foil along with food,” said Assistant Professor of Chemistry Leena Singh, who has done research in adulteration. Adulteration is easy money for traders and slow poisoning, disease or death for consumers. What we eat can be unsafe, unhygienic or harmful when nutritious elements in them are killed. “An easy example of food adulteration is vanaspati in desi ghee.” Adulterants when used in illicit drugs are called cutting agents, deliberate addition of toxic adulterants to food or other products for human consumption is known as poisoning. These adulterants are often highly carcinogenic and when consumed over a continuous period of time can stunt growth and cause serious ailments.

Indian sadak ki kutiya, suarni ya aur koi janwar to bahut kuch khila rahi hogi apne ko aur apne bachchon ko. Usme se insaan ka pheka hua khana bhi hoga. Insaan apna khana great karega to sadak ke janwaron ko bhi behter khana mil sakta hai. Aur phir, sadak pe janwar to hone hi nahin chahiye jahan ki janwaron ki natural jagah na ho. Jaa raha hun ON 100% Whey Gold Standard protein supplement khareedne. Mehenga hai lekin chahiye bhi.

(Indian street female dog, pig or other animals would be feeding several things to self and to their children. In that, there'll be food thrown away by humans. If humans would make their food great then street animals could also get better food. And then, there shouldn't be animals on the street where there's no natural place for the animals. I'm going to buy ON 100% Whey Gold Standard protein supplement. It's expensive but required.)

http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/Food/better-safe-than-so...

27th February 2014: While silver and gold are inert metals that do not harm the body’s composition, adulterants like aluminium, nickel and copper cause serious side affects to one’s health, including skin diseases, breathing problems and irregularities in the heart. While most of the established shops use pure varks, smaller nondescript shops tend to market adulterated vark.

Chandi (silver) vark was initially introduced in Hyderabad for its medicinal purposes in Unani and Ayurveda. It was later picked up as a decorative garnish by confectionary makers.

Suarni bhi Indian banaye, Sherni bhi Indian banaye aur Insaan bhi Indian banaye. Kya aap vark khaate aur khilate hai bina check kiye ki theek hai ki nahi. Thank You Germany for your technological solution. 

So how does one tell a good vark from an adulterated one, considering that both silver and aluminium tend to look the same when drawn into sheets?:

http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/hyderabad/All-that-glitters-...

23rd February 2014: When asked if the wax coated on most apples is safe to consume, Dr Priyanka Rohatgi, Chief Clinical Nutritionist and Head, Nutrition and Dietetics, Apollo Hospitals, says, “We are not sure of the composition of the wax but it is unfit for human consumption. Wax should never be consumed.” 

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/387268/eat-not-that.html

1st February 2014: "...a large portion of it [milk] is a toxic cocktail of white paint, caustic soda, detergent, shampoo, urea, starch and blotting paper that is harmful for the heart, lungs, liver and can even cause cancer."

Aur in sadak ke janwaron ka kya hoga? Jab doodh ki mithai sadak par phik gayi aur suaron, kutton aur doosre janwaron ne kha liya to unka kya hoga? Yeh janwar sadak pe nahin rehne chahiye kyunki yeh to apne liye kuch kar bhi nahin sakte jaise ki insaan kar sakte hai. "the menace was most rampant during festival seasons when the demand peaks."

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/uttar-pradesh-supreme-court-adul...

16th January 2014: I had found an organic milk shop nearby. However, someone who owns cows nearby told mom that the organic shop takes milk from them. I don't know what that organic milk shop does what this milk. However, mom stopped getting milk from that organic shop.

I've heard similar about other organic shops also that they aren't as organic as they claim to be. If you're buying organic then try to check if it's really organic.

2nd January 2014: Ginger coloring inside - Is this due to harmful chemicals like acid wash? I bought this yesterday, 1st Jan 2014, evening from street vendor. I'm not an Indian street pig or any other animal but human and hence I share to ask and also make others aware about whether they check what they buy and also how can be their food when they eat outside. Do you wonder how our previous generations in general have been that we've such issues now. Is it possible to very easily complain about this to authority and that immediate action is taken due to public health at possibly high risk. What are you doing to make things better? I wish us best!

17th December 2013: Time to buy organic! Why? Plates loaded with pesticides: Survey shows fruit, vegetables are high on chemical content.

God, Is eating such like Indian street pig eating from filth who's really not doing anything about the harmful things in its food? Sadak ke suar jaisa kya God? Kaisa Indian bana rahe hain God? Indian sadak ke suar jaisa nahin baniye. Jab boards lagte the ki dogs and Indians not allowed then parents kya kehte the children ko ki aaj aise issues hain. Indian ki maa in general bachche ko sadak ka suar jaisa banane mein ya jungle ka sher jaisa banane mein ya duniya ka insaan jaisa banane mein best hai? Mother India ko help kariye. Aisi problem ko end kariye. Please sabko aware kariye ki woh great society and environment build and grow karen. Please help.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-11-08/bangalore/43...

We are literally consuming poisons. Let’s have a brief look:

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

In a study conducted by the Kerala Agricultural University, “dangerous levels” of pesticide residues have been found in many main vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, small red onions, curry leaves, green chillies, etc. About three years ago, Profenofos, which is a second-level pesticide, was banned in India, except for tea and cotton. But its residues have been found in vegetables like gooseberries, green chilli, okra, curry leaves, mint leaves and coriander leaves.

Consuming pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables for a long period of time can prove fatal. Health experts say that pesticides are neurotoxins, affecting the nervous system and other important organs such as liver and kidney. Food poisoning and different sorts of allergies are common from these pesticides. Some pesticides even lead to cancer. Certain pesticides cause skin problems, loss of weight, sleeplessness and irritability.

The skyrocketing price of fruits and vegetables is not the only issue; so is the amount of pesticide residues these contain. It is surprising to know that most of the vegetables and fruits have an alarming percentage of harmful chemicals, which is far above the permissible limit prescribed by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.

http://www.mapsofindia.com/my-india/india/are-we-eating-fruits-and-...

16th December 2013: I wrote to a client from Europe doing work in India: I wish you're making great sales in India! I read that food not allowed for export to Europe gets sold in India and so please take care with your food and also share with your clients since you mentioned about how people in India get attracted a lot to white people and so I wish they would care a lot about what you would say!

Please motivate your clients in terms of how pigs and tigers go after their food and that we're humans and so can do so much better in health and fitness. You would've heard about price rise of food items a major issue. Please help people to realize that less or more of pig like food is less or more of pig only. We've to make food quality a major issue for our health and fitness. Thank You for your great work!

5th October 2013: I just spoke to the company who sold the seemingly tampered protein box to me. I learned that my complaint call mid last week wasn't registered in their system and hence it seems a delay in their response. I told the rep the person's name who I spoke to. I told the rep that junior people might not care as much and so having direct online system for filing complaints should also be there.

The company rep told me that the customers can file complaints online after they log into the site. I said that I didn't know that and so I just called. I told the rep that there should be link nearby the contact numbers on their site that people can file their complaints online.

I also told the rep that they shouldn't use courier service to get the product back from me because what if it's the courier service that might be opening up the box. The rep said that it's highly unlikely. The person also said that it's highly unlikely that the box is tampered with because of their quality controls. I said that perhaps most people wouldn't check the supplement box like how I did it and so if there's potential mixing in the boxes then they wouldn't realize it. I also said that if this wouldn't have been returned then I would've taken the box to a lab for testing. The rep was very helpful. I'll be writing to major nutrition supplements brands that how people can test their products by themselves and that I would share online and which should also help those brands besides the many people consuming them thinking that it would help them.

I would visit their office next week with the box so that I get another box. Thank You! Best!

26th September 2013: healthkart.com page wrote to me: Thanks again Shakti, always make sure you buy 100% authentic products. You should do that. Fake supplements are loaded with anabolic steroids that cause permanent damage. In future you may shop with us and be assured that the product is 100% genuine as we have over 200 of the best brands in the world with us. Either we are listed on the brand websites as their authorised dealers or we buy directly from the brand's listed distributors.

Several comments with healthkart.com page https://www.facebook.com/healthkart/posts/639247519441803?comment_i...

25th August 2013: "I buy only branded milk and we need to know whether it is safe. My two sons, aged seven and three, drink milk twice a day. If they skip a meal, milk also fills the gap. But now I am not sure whether giving them milk is a good idea. How will I fulfil their protein requirements?" said Aditi Sharma, a homemaker. http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-01-11/delhi/306154...

What do you eat and what do you feed others? Are you maximizing your human potential? How do you feel as an Indian having such widespread milk adulteration considering the best in our world? Now people are getting aware about this better, however, what if you and your family consumed adulterated milk for years before? What are you doing for greatness? I do wish that the branded milk at most has non-harmful water mixed. I also wish the best for those selling loose milk. Best!

24th August 2013: Indian in general ka andaa kaisa jab yeh http://www.kansalagro.com/about-egg.htm aisaa? (How's the Indian's egg in general when this one is like this?) What are you doing for your health and fitness? Best!

15th August 2013: Mother India, how was the quality of milk and the milk based products that you treated to all Indians today? I wonder what mothers think when they give birth knowing that they can't even feed themselves properly. What quality of humans would generally be born and grown like that? Best!

9th August 2013: God, Is this also why several people in India seem to keep trying to move abroad (ask anyone if they want to and generally they say yes that they want to just like a grandmother yesterday told me that her grandson would go since his grandfather does business in LA, USA)? God, Is this also why the people in India prefer to buy things not made in India if they can?

"As the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) laboratory report recently discovered our branded edible oils are full of unhealthy trans fats. The results showed trans fats in seven leading vanaspati brands were five to 12 times the 2 per cent standard set by Denmark. Trans fats are associated with a host of serious health problems ranging from diabetes to heart disease to cancer." http://www.cseindia.org/content/trans-fat-oils

In the Rigveda, 9th Mandala, Hymn 1.5, "Vanaspati" (literally meaning: Lord of the Forest)..." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanaspati and so the many people in India are getting weaker like the forests in India? Please help!

30th July 2013: Sources of Adulteration in Milk - Agriculture For Nutrition and Health presentation link

Possible diseases due to Adulteration in Milk - Agriculture For Nutrition and Health presentation

12 July 2013: Indian doodh wale, Suar jaisa na bana re. Doodh mein tu kya mila re? Tujhe agar koi roke na, Phir bhi ruk jaa re, Apne logon ke bare mein to soch ke.

I thought of this while thinking of milk adulteration issue in India. These days I've been drinking Yakult probiotic milk and I see people making tea using Nestle milk powder which seems nice. I do feel highly unfortunate about the severe milk adulteration issue. What do you do about milk adulteration? Best!

6th July 2013: Could this comment even discourage other people from maximizing their human potential? What's the future of India? Following comments continue from my previous post on 5th July:

PERSON Shakti Saran... Checked with the Poultry farm guy... The problem in India is more related to over use of antibitics... to keep the chickens from falling ill - not so for the chemicals you mentioned, though some remind me of my Botany classes and seems I am right: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xanthophyll. So, if the yellow colour is coming from Xanthophyll - we are actually getting essential nutrients from natural sources - Leaf to egg to humans. I wouldn't worry too much. Also, Americans do get frazzled by Dihydrogen Oxide... What can one say!

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Shakti Saran PERSON, You said "more" and "not so for", however, it's unclear the absolute quantities present in general. Why are you making such light comments about such a serious issue or is the issue not that serious to you? If you've a good idea about their quantities used in general then please share because that'll really be of value if you can understand my point which I say because if you possibly did then you wouldn't only compare these two but also provide good idea about their quantities used in general meaning possibly how much of them are in an egg in general or else they could even be in very minute quantities or even in significant quantities having possibility of doing increasing harm to people over a long period of consumption. 

Also, you talk about some botany class, however, is this chemical being fed for nutrition of hen or for primary purpose of making the yolk yellower because if it's the latter then what could be its harmful effects and also why make people think that their yolk is yellower than natural by using such chemical unless the yolk might not have been yellow enough otherwise and that the people might have then thought that perhaps the egg isn't that good? 

Also, I mentioned about there being a variety of healthy options for eggs in USA and so I don't understand why you would mention about what you mentioned unless you don't have anything better to mention about how to improve things in India? 

I feel highly unfortunate to type all this than getting much more valuable inputs for my post for the masses. It makes me wonder the quality and quantity of research and development in India. I typed because I wish that more and more people would realize better. Around an hour ago while on my way to my place, someone I met told me about people in general according to him that they say that "khahin to girna hai" (somewhere they have to fall). I wonder why people aren't using anti-pollution mask in Delhi region given the very high and severely harmful pollution. I wonder about several other such things and that then I meet such people who tell me such things.

5th July 2013: 

Someone comments on my post in some group:

PERSON The yellowness of Indian eggs comes from the green leaves and carotenoids in them...
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Shakti Saran I thought my point was simple to understand since many people might be suffering from food adulteration and so perhaps also thinking about it. Perhaps I wasn't clear enough! I meant if chemicals are being used to make the yolk yellower. Somewhere I had read about a yellow dye created by feeding Xanthophyll, zeanthin, marigold dye and caroteinic acid. There could be any other combination of things also. Are they really there and if so then generally what all and that how much?

My post:

God, I've heard of stories of long ago of people in India being able to convert energy to matter. Why didn't you inspire them to make India great or did you or what happened and can you please help now?

Yesterday, my cousin visited who has cleared her medical exams in USA and now will be going there soon for a job. She mentioned about the variety of very healthy options for eggs being sold there.

What's the quality of egg of Indian in general? Please help us to have the best quality eggs in India also. I read somewhere that the yellow in egg sold in India might also be due to chemicals fed to chickens and if so then how harmful are those chemicals?

I request all to read about the highly valuable efforts of this human including for inspiration to make our world a much greater place. On this 4th of July, thank you very much for your efforts that I've technologies and solutions to share this with our world and I wish for humans to maximize their potential. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/technology/douglas-c-engelbart-in... Best!

I've also shared it on http://www.healthfitnessindia.com/profiles/blogs/people-children-ge... which I wish would be of value to you.

2 July 2013: 

How many Indians get milk from market or consume milk based products from market that have lesser harmful adulteration than the milk being had by these piglets? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ-eAeJdY70

What do you do to ensure that your milk from market and milk based products from market are without harmful adulteration? What all harm do you think can milk adulteration cause you?

Please also read milk http://www.healthfitnessindia.com/profiles/blogs/people-children-ge...

27 MAY 2013: The NGO picked up 193 samples of 35 different vegetables from markets in Bangalore, Delhi and Kolkata. These were then tested for 106 pesticides and the results were alarming as four of the five banned chemicals were found in these samples.

18 May 2013: Consumption of fruit ripened using carbide can cause diarrhoea, mouth ulcers, dizziness and even cancer in the long run. Bet on it. Your mango is ripened using carbide. [I suggest to test for it than not eating it at all. Anyone knows how?In its biggest haul this year, AMC destroys 22,700 kg mangoes at Naroda wholesale fruit market. http://www.dnaindia.com/ahmedabad/1836343/report-bet-on-it-your-man...

From article published on June 13, 2011 about NON CALCIUM CARBIDE ripened mangoes 

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Mango-lovers-can-... 

Meanwhile, consumers are becoming more and more aware and hence, choosey about what they eat. Dr Vanit Kathuria, deputy manager (seeds and support services) at Mother Dairy’s Safal points out, “Apart from conventional factors such as price, quality and demand that affect the market, ‘safety’ has become an important factor in recent times.

Instead of calcium carbide, Safal authorities have been using ethylene, since setting up the Mangolpuri facility in 1988. Mature unripe mangoes are kept in temperature and humidity-controlled chambers, followed by a trigger of ethylene (at permissible limits) for 24 hours.

At the end of the third day, ripe mangoes are ready to be sent to retail outlets. “This is a kind of an accelerated process using ethylene. When fruits mature in a natural way, they release ethylene, which, in turn releases heat that helps in ripening. It takes six-seven days. But using the ethylene trigger, we get the same result in just three days,” said Subhash Sharma, Safal’s DGM (operations).

Safal has been advocating the ‘ripen mangoes at home’ concept. Unripe mature mangoes available at retail outlets are wrapped in a newspaper and placed in an airtight container for 4-6 days at home.

“The psychology of the consumer is such that they accept things easily if they are involved (in the process). Both children and elders are excited at the prospect of ripening mangoes at home,” Sharma added.

14 March 2013: People say what's the alternative to eating several harmful adulterated food. I've started these lists today and let's start more (I'm going to hire someone soon to keep adding shop details in the following lists. If you can tell any shops to add their details then that might help increasing number of people!):

List of Organic / Not Harmful Food shops in New Delhi, India

http://www.healthfitnessindia.com/forum/topics/list-of-organic-not-...

List of Organic / Not Harmful Food shops in Gurgaon, Haryana, India

http://www.healthfitnessindia.com/forum/topics/list-of-organic-not-...

List of Organic / Not Harmful Food shops in Noida, U.P., India

http://www.healthfitnessindia.com/forum/topics/list-of-organic-not-...

List of Organic / Not Harmful Food shops in Ghaziabad, U.P., India

http://www.healthfitnessindia.com/forum/topics/list-of-organic-not-...

No matter how much we train a dog, can it care about food adulteration? It's great that we're humans. If you're doing anything related to food adulteration in India then you're welcome to also share about it here.

We have to demand good food. Businesses will listen if many will demand together. Join the site and make a demand together. This is easy to do. As lakhs of people will come together and demand, businesses will listen. They can still profit and we can have a better life. Please join the site and share with others about our demand.

One thing that we can and must do is to search for shops that sell organic food and also share about their locations with others. Please join our network and share about organic food shops that you know. There can be shops nearby you selling much better food. What's the use of studying and working if you buy food that severely harms you and your quality of life increasingly worsens?

VIDEO of Simple Methods of Detection of Adulterants in Food Products

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U99dNaGcKos made by The School of Agriculture (SOA), IGNOU

Scroll Down several posts below for details on food adulteration detection methods. 

Also, you can view images with details on ReagentsApparatus and Precautions for Detecting Adulterants in Food on  http://www.healthfitnessindia.com/profiles/blogs/reagents-apparatus...

Also, you can read Food Adulteration Hindi & English one-page PDF document www.shaktisaran.com/Food%20Adulteration%20Hindi%20English%20Health%... and also share it (online or print) with others if you like. Thank You! Best!

Also, you can read about adulteration of milk of mothers in India http://www.healthfitnessindia.com/profiles/blogs/gym-trainer-marria... which can be extremely harmful to babies.

In this blog, I'll be sharing posts related to food adulteration in India. I'll be sharing issues and also on basic to advanced solutions for reducing and stopping it. I welcome you to comment with anything of value. I wish that all of us realize that by doing any amount of food adulteration, we're harming ourselves, our family and friends, and our society and world at large. What's the point of earning money that will mostly go to curing diseases and that one wouldn't even be well enough to enjoy any of the remaining money? I wish that we can do much better than how things are in India and that if you wonder that why we Indians haven't been able to have things much better then I also wonder about our elders for the same, however, I also think that just by saying that they were/are useless or not good enough wouldn't help. We've to make the issue of food adulteration a critical issue in our lives since food is critical for our lives without which we can't even live and that if we're eating adulterated food then seriously how well are we living? Can we think of the Indian street dogs who eat just whatever that they get? We're humans who're capable in general and that we can at least get rid of the issue of food adulteration by all of us working together intelligently, smartly, and with common sense.   

A person working at gym offered me Boondi http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boondi as Prasad http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prasad. Even though he had it in his hand, I took it from the polythene bag while telling him that I don't know if his hands are clean or not. Also, polythene bag has its own issues including when hot things are put in it like if the boondi is hot. I've written before on offering sweets as Prasad including that we don't know how proper are the ingredients and the cooking given widespread food adulteration in India which is much more unfortunate than widespread Indian street dogs and that we should try to reduce towards eventually stopping food adulteration, Indian street dogs who generally live very miserably and other issues. I'm now going to suggest the gym owner who I met today after a long while and whose company's web-site is being developed by me and my team that those interested in gym can contribute to buy quality chocolate like Cadbury to be offered to Lord Hanuman http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanuman as Prasad on Tuesdays which is the day dedicated to Him. I'll share the same with others at gym as well since the owner called me his younger brother today which is great and that I wish that his quality gym wouldn't lead people to getting sick due any unfortunate issues in India and that his given work to me of making his web-site would be done well! Best! Shakti 

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Comment by Shakti Saran on October 10, 2012 at 12:05am

I think that adulteration of Indian mother's milk is a critical issue which I wish that all Indian mothers consider when feeding babies because that can lead to physical and mental issues in people since very early years and that can also lead to negative in our society and world at large. http://www.healthfitnessindia.com/profiles/blogs/gym-trainer-marria... Best! Shakti

Comment by Shakti Saran on October 12, 2012 at 1:20pm

Do I know about how much pollution is in the air that I'm breathing today? Do I know about how much adulteration is in the food that I'm eating today? Indian street dogs live miserably without their fault because they aren't capable of doing better. Indian people living miserably due to high pollution and food adulteration is much more unfortunate than Indian street dogs living miserably because humans are capable in general. I wish that we can make things much better and that for which I wish that http://www.healthfitnessindia.com/profiles/blogs/anti-pollution-mas... would also be of value. Best! Shakti

Comment by Shakti Saran on October 23, 2012 at 4:43pm

At gym, there's a company that has setup a juice counter and that its rep told me that the juice machine has been brought in from USA and also that the local juice shops mix water and other things in the juice making it of lesser value and/or also harmful and that they don't even clean the juice machines properly and that use the same machine for the different fruits. This juice counter has a different machine for each type of fruit. Regarding cleaning the machines, I told the person to get clean water for cleaning it than taking it into the washroom on which he said that he's arranging for that.

Recently, I met a person who told me that his company in USA researches and develops nutrition products for the top sports people and celebrities of India. I wish that an increasing number of people in India can receive such nutrition products including to raise our levels of health and fitness. Best! Shakti

Comment by Shakti Saran on November 23, 2012 at 12:56am

From a PDF document on http://fssai.gov.in/ site, 

I've copy-pasted the contents below so that these details can be found more easily by many more people: 

QUICK TEST FOR SOME ADULTERANTS IN FOOD INSTRUCTION MANUAL-PART I  (COMMON METHODS FOR DETECTION AT HOUSEHOLDS)

Food is essential for nourishment and sustenance of life. Adulteration of food cheats the consumer and can pose serious risk to health in some cases. The purpose of this manual is to give the consumer an opportunity to detect a few common adulterants in food. The manual compiles testing methodology for common adulterants to be tested at households

FOOD SAFETY AND STANDARDS AUTHORITY OF INDIA

3/8/2012

Eat Pure... Live Pure.....

Comment by Shakti Saran on November 23, 2012 at 1:05am

Adulteration of food Cheats the consumer and poses a serious risk to health. A common consumer may not have sufficient knowledge about purity and quality of food articles he consumes. Mere visual inspection does not serve the purpose especially when adulteration has assumed high degree of sophistication. With this view Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has developed “QUICK TEST FOR SOME ADULTERANTS IN FOOD” which gives the consumer to screen their day to day food articles. 

This manual provides testing methods for common adulterants which can be easily performed in the households.

Adulteration of food, a “Deep Rooted Social Evil”

Among man’s everyday needs, food plays a major sustaining role. From the simple dish to the most elaborate haute cuisine, food preparation is as varied and rich as man’s taste.

The lure of riches and general apathy towards mankind has led to adulterants being added to food from the simple stones in rice to the more harmful brick and boric powder. 

Adulteration of food commonly defined as “the addition or subtraction of any substance to or from food, so that the natural composition and quality of food substance is affected.

Adulteration is either intentional by either removing substances to food or altering the existing natural properties of food knowingly. Unintentional adulteration is usually attributed to ignorance’s, carelessness or lack of facilities for maintaining food quality.

The common man, unfortunately, remains largely unaware of these adulterants and consume food without thorough checks. Some of the common adulterated foods are milk and milk products, atta, edible oils, cereals, condiments (whole and ground), pulses, coffee, tea, confectionary, baking powder, non-alcoholic beverages, vinegar, besan and curry powder.

Adulteration of food cheats the consumer and can pose serious risk to health. Mere visual inspection does not serve the purpose especially when adulteration has assumed high degree of sophistication. Consumer awareness is the remedy for eliminating the evil of adulteration and sale of substandard food article. The simple and quick test which can be easily performed to ascertain the purity of a food product are published here in view of the current food safety situation and hence, “Quick Test for some Adulterants in Food” has been developed to protect the households/ small industries and common man in the country against food adulteration.

A set of two instruction manuals have been developed i.e. Part I and Part II. Part I incorporates simple testing procedures which can be easily performed in the households and simply help the consumer to screen their day to day food articles. Instruction manual Part II however, incorporates testing procedures which require specific chemicals, reagents and glassware’s and cover a wider range of adulterated food group. The scope of this manual limits to small industries / Food vendors / NGO’s etc but for detailed confirmatory test and quantification the analysis in a laboratory is a must. 

Comment by Shakti Saran on November 23, 2012 at 1:11am

Food Adulteration.

What is Adulteration?

Food is the basic necessity of life. One works hard and earns to satisfy our hunger and relax (enjoy) later. But at the end of the day, many of us are not sure of what we eat. We may be eating a dangerous dye, sawdust, soap stone, industrial starch, and aluminum foil and so on! Contaminated foods and drinks are common sources of infection. Often, we invite diseases rather than good health.

Food adulteration is an act of intentionally debasing the quality of food offered for sale either by the admixture or substitution of inferior substances or by the removal of some valuable ingredient. Food Adulteration takes into account not only the intentional addition or substitution or abstraction of substances which adversely affect nature, substances and quality of foods, but also their incidental contamination during the period of growth, harvesting, storage, processing, transport and distribution.

“adulterant” means any material which is or could be employed for making the food unsafe or sub-standard or mis-branded or containing extraneous matter;

Food is adulterated if its quality is lowered or affected by the addition of substances which are injurious to health or by the removal of substances which are nutritious. It is defined as the act of intentionally debasing the quality of food offered for sale either by the admixture or substitution of inferior substances or by the removal of some valuable ingredient.

Food is declared adulterated if:

• A substance is added which depreciates or injuriously affects it.

• Cheaper or inferior substances are substituted wholly or in part.

• Any valuable or necessary constituent has been wholly or in part abstracted.

• It is an imitation.

• It is colored or otherwise treated, to improve its appearance or if it contains any added substance injurious to health.

• For whatever reasons its quality is below the Standard

Adulterated food is dangerous because it may be toxic and can affect health and it could deprive nutrients essential for proper growth and development.

Very often food is adulterated by merchants and traders who are unscrupulous and want to make a quick profit. But shortages and increasing prices, consumer demands for variety in foods, a lack of awareness, negligence, indifference and lethargy among consumers and inadequate enforcement of food laws and food safety measures also lead to food adulteration.

Some of the common adulterated foods are milk and milk products, atta, edible oils, cereals, condiments (whole and ground), pulses, coffee, tea, confectionary, baking powder, non-alcoholic beverages, vinegar, besan and curry powder.

Comment by Shakti Saran on November 23, 2012 at 1:24am

Types of Adulterants: 

Type: Intentional Adulterants

Substances Added: Sand, marble chips, stones, mud, other filth, talc, chalk powder, water, mineral oil and harmful colour. 

Type: Incidental adulterants

Substances Added: Pesticide residues, droppings of rodents, larvae in foods.

Type: Metallic contaminants

Substances Added: Arsenic from pesticides, lead from water, effluent from chemical industries, tin from cans.

Poisonous or Deleterious Substances

Generally, if a food contains a poisonous or deleterious substance that may render it injurious to health, it is adulterated. For example, apple cider contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and Brie cheese contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes are adulterated.

If a food contains a poisonous substance in excess of a tolerance, regulatory limit, or action level, mixing it with "clean" food to reduce the level of contamination is not allowed. The deliberate mixing of adulterated food with good food renders the finished product adulterated

Filth and Foreign Matter

Filth and extraneous material include any objectionable substances in foods, such as foreign matter (for example, glass, metal, plastic, wood, stones, sand, cigarette butts), undesirable parts of the raw plant material (such as stems, pits in pitted olives, pieces of shell in canned oysters), and filth (namely, mold, rot, insect and rodent parts, excreta,decomposition

Economic Adulteration

A food is adulterated if it omits a valuable constituent or substitutes another substance, in whole or in part, for a valuable constituent (for instance, olive oil diluted with tea tree oil); conceals damage or inferiority in any manner (such as fresh fruit with food coloring on its surface to conceal defects); or any substance has been added to it or packed with it to increase its bulk or weight, reduce its quality or strength, or make it appear bigger or of greater value than it is (for example, scallops to which water has been added to make them heavier).

Microbiological Contamination and Adulteration

The fact that a food is contaminated with pathogens (harmful microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, or protozoa) may, or may not, render it adulterated. Generally, for ready-to-eat foods, the presence of pathogens will render the food adulterated. For example, the presence of Salmonella on fresh fruits or vegetables or in ready-to-eat meat or poultry products (such as luncheon meats) will render those products adulterated.

The fact that a food is contaminated with pathogens (harmful microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, or protozoa) may, or may not, render it adulterated. Generally, for ready-to-eat foods, the presence of pathogens will render the food adulterated. For example, the presence of Salmonella on fresh fruits or vegetables or in ready-to-eat meat or poultry products (such as luncheon meats) will render those products adulterated.

Comment by Shakti Saran on December 1, 2012 at 2:03pm

Methods of Detection of common adulterants in food. (Food Adulteration Detection details in images after this text)

Food Article: Milk Adulterant: Water, Starch, Urea, Vanaspati, Formalin, Detergent, Synthetic Milk, Glucose / Inverted Sugar, Coal Tar Dyes 

MILK AND MILK PRODUCTS 

Sweet Curd Adulterant: Vanaspati 

Rabdi Adulterant: Blotting Paper 

Khoa and its products Adulterant: Starch 

Chhana or Paneer Adulterant: Starch 

OILS AND FATS 

Ghee Adulterant: Vanaspati or Margarine, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes and other starches 

Butter Adulterant: Vanaspati or Margarine, Mashed Potatoes, other starches 

Edible Oil Adulterant: Prohibited Color 

Coconut Oil Adulterant: Any other oil 

SWEETENING AGENTS 

Sugar Adulterant: Chalk Powder, Urea, Yellow color (Non-permitted)

Honey Adulterant: Sugar solution

Jaggery Adulterant: Washing soda, Chalk Powder, Metanil yellow color, Sugar solution

Bura sugar Adulterant: Washing soda 

Sweetmeats, ice-cream and beverages Adulterant: Metanil yellow (a non-permitted coal tar color), Saccharin 

Details for more food articles will be added after the following images which have food adulteration detection details for the above food articles. 

Comment by Shakti Saran on December 1, 2012 at 2:07pm

Methods of Detection of common adulterants in food. Food Adulteration Detection details in image.

Comment by Shakti Saran on December 1, 2012 at 2:12pm

Methods of Detection of common adulterants in food. Food Adulteration Detection details in image. 

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