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Food Adulteration Are You Worried ? Series - 1

Food Adulteration Are You Worried ? Series - 1

Food Adulteration Are You Worried ?

What is Food Adulteration?

 Food adulteration refers to the act of intentionally debasing the quality of food by either adding or replacing the food substances with undeclared alternative components, or by the removal of some valuable components. This is usually done to lower the cost or increase the bulk of a given food product.

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.

The fact that a food is contaminated with pathogens (harmful microorganisms such as bacteriaviruses, or protozoa) may, or may not, render it adulterated. Generally, for ready-to-eat foods, the presence of pathogens will cause 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.

For meat and poultry products, which are regulated by USDA, the rules are more complicated. Ready-to-eat meat and poultry products contaminated with pathogens, such as Salmonella or Listeria monocytogenes, are adulterated. For raw meat or poultry products, pathogens will not always be adulterated (because raw meat and poultry products are intended to be cooked, and proper cooking should kill pathogens). However, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has ruled that raw meat or poultry products contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 are adulterated. This is because normal cooking methods may not reduce E. coli O157:H7 below infectious levels. E. coli O157:H7 is the only pathogen that is considered an adulterant when present in raw meat or poultry products. ( Source-Wikipedia).

Common Food Adulteration and Its Harmful Effects In Our Human Body.

Food Products
Harmful Effects
Milk and Curd
Water and starch powder.
Stomach disorders.
Ghee, Cheese and Butter
Mashed potatoes, Vanaspati and starch powder.
Gastro-intestinal disturbances and other stomach disorders.
Dust, Pebbles, Stones, Straw, weed seeds, damaged grain, etc.
Liver disorders, Toxicity in the body, etc.
Dyes, chemical and Lead Chromate.
Stomach disorders.
Coffee powder
Chicory, tamarind seeds powder.
Artificial colouring agents.
Liver disorders.
Chalk powder, Washing soda, Urea, etc.
Stomach disorders and kidney failure.
Dried papaya seeds and blackberries.
Severe allergic reactions including stomach and skin irritations.
Mustard seeds
Argemone seeds.
Abdominal contractions, sluggishness and increased excretion.
Edible Oils
Mineral oil, Karanja oil, castor oil and artificial colours.
Gallbladder cancer, allergies, paralysis, cardiac arrest, and increased LDL cholesterol.
Turmeric Powder
Pesticide residues, sawdust, chalk dust, industrial dyes, metanil yellow dye arsenic, lead metal etc.
Cancer and Stomach disorders.
Chilli and Coriander powder
Redbrick powder, Rhodamine B dye, Red lead, dung powder, soluble salts, water-soluble synthetic colours and other common salts.
Metal toxicity, Cancer, lead poisoning, tumor, variations in blood pressure and other stomach related disorders.
Cinnamon sticks
Cassia bark.
Liver Damage, Low Blood Sugar, Mouth Sores and increased risk of cancer.
Cumin seeds
Coloured grass seeds, sawdust and charcoal dust
Stomach disorders.
Jam, Juice and Candies
Non-permitted dyes including metanil yellow and other artificial food dyes.
These dyes are highly carcinogenic that have the potential to cause different types of cancer.
Washing soda, chalk powder
Vomiting and other Stomach disorders
Molasses, dextrose, sugar and corn syrups
Stomach disorders
Fruits and Vegetables
Chemical dyes, Malachite green, calcium carbide, copper sulphate and oxytocin saccharin wax.
Stomach disorders, vomiting, and dyes used are highly carcinogenic.
Tomato sauces
Pumpkin pulp, non-edible artificial colours and flavours.
Gastritis and inflammation of vital organs.
Ice Cream
Pepper oil, ethyl acetate, butyraldehyde, nitrate, washing powder. The kind of gum is added which is prepared by boiling different animal parts including the tail, udder, nose, etc.
Dreadful diseases that affect organs including lungs, kidneys, and heart.
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