Adulteration means the mixer of unwanted materials mixed in the food stuffs to add weight to the products to earn more profit. This leads harmful to the health problems. Adulteration in food is an ill legal process which is banned in many countries. Some permitted mixers are used in food products which is not harmful to the health. The adulteration is countries are governed by Food and safety department. For example papaya seeds are mixed in pepper by the sellers to tally the weight of pepper; this gives liver and stomach problems when consumed. These types of adulterants are seen in the market even though there are strict regulations in the most countries. Below are some of the food items which are undergone for adulteration.
Common Food Adulterants (Contaminants) found in Asia and their ill-effects:
Rotten Pepper or Pappya seeds
Liver and Stomach problems
Saw dust or brick powder
Damages liver and heart, leads to Cancer
Tamarind seed powder or Chickory Powder
Diarrohea, joint pain, giddiness and Stomach disorder
Grains, Spices and Pulses
Sand, marble chips or artificial grains
Liver, stomach and intestine disorder and affects teeth gums
Chalk Powder or washing soda
Vomiting and Diarrhoea
Milk, Kova and Cheese
Water or Starch
Loss of eye sight, hear diseases, cancer and epidemic infections, beri beri.
Pulses – red gram
Sweet, meats, ice-cream and bakery items
Chemicals or Saccharine
Gastro intestinal disorder and also leads to cancer
Sweets and Aereated Drinks
Inedible colour and chemical additives
Problems in eyes, bone, skin, lungs, ovaries and testes and also leads to cancer
Saw dust or used tea leaves
Digestive problems and liver disorder
How Adulteration can be stopped ?
Consumers should buy products in a trust able shop.
Products should be checked thoroughly.
Unpacked food items should be avoided.
The food items should be certified by the food and regulations authority.
If the product is adulterated compliant should be raised to the concern department.
Food items bought in open market should be avoided.