Adulteration of foods
Adulteration of food is 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”
Food adulteration includes mixing, substitution, concealing the quality, putting up decomposed food for sale, misbranding or giving false labels and addition of toxicants
Food adulteration includes
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 coloured 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
1. Incidental Adulteration
2. Metallic Adulteration
3. Done for financial gain.
4. Addition of Sand, marble chips, stones, mud, other filth, talc, chalk powder, water, mineral oil and harmful colour..
5. Happen due to carelessness and lack in proper hygienic conditions of processing, storage, transportation and marketing. eg: Pesticide residues, droppings of rodents, larvae in foods.
6. Occurs due to Arsenic from pesticides, lead from water, effluent from chemical industries, tin from cans.
Food adulteration has become a very common practice in our country and we are consuming these foods almost every day, which have numerous harmful effects on our health. The usage of adulterants has increased in societies because of few legal controls on food quality and/or poor/nonexistent monitoring by authorities. It frequently occurs where informal food production and marketing services are predominant and enforcement of food regulation is weak. Food adulteration is unethical and called a SOCIAL EVIL and A SLOW POISON.
Ways of Food Adulteration
Complete or partial replacement of a food ingredient or valuable authentic constituent with a less expensive substitute with the intention of circumventing on “origin” and false declaration of the “process”.
Addition of small amounts of non-authenticated substances to mask inferior quality ingredients.
Removal of authentic and valuable constituents without purchasers’ knowledge Food Adulterations Categories
Ghee essence is used in cheaper oils and passed off as pure ghee. This type of ghee will not solidify like normal ghee. It may also not have that grainy texture of pure ghee
Oleomargarine or lard ( Animal fat) – added to butter
Mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes or other starch is added to ghee
Argemone seeds and agremone oil
Mineral oil also added to edible oil
Chalk powder, Washing soda, Plastic crystals, Urea, White/ Yellow colour, Rawa/ Suji, Stones etc
Health effects due to Adulterants
Cancer or acute renal failure.
The argemone oil used to adulterate ghee and butter is highly toxic.
It causes a disease known as dropsy,( Fluid collection in some parts of the body).
It may also paralyse the limbs.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has been established under Food Safety and Standards, 2006
It is under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India.
FSSAI has been created for laying down science-based standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import to ensure the availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption.
It aims to establish a single reference point for all matters relating to food safety and standards, by moving from multi-level, multi- departmental control to a single line of command.
It consolidates various acts & orders that have hitherto handled food-related issues in various Ministries and Departments.
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