Food adulterants are basically addition small quantity of non-nutritious substances of or removal of vital substance to improve the appearance, texture or storage properties of the food.
Traditionally, food is used to cook at home with healthy ingredients and knew what went into the meal but now days with rising incomes, more and more people are moving away to readymade fast foods and eating regularly at restaurants. The food in many of these outlets is cooked with poor quality ingredients to attract and satisfy the palate rather than provide a wholesome nutritional meal. Adulterated food is impure, unsafe and not wholesome. Food can be adulterated intentionally and accidentally.
The most common form of intentional adulteration is color adulteration. Some examples of intentional adulteration are addition of water to liquid milk, extraneous matter to ground spices, or the removal or substitution of milk solids from the natural product.
Adulteration affects health:
Mitigation measures for addressing food adulteration:
Buy our food ingredients from reputed shop or retailer with who keep their premises clean with no infestations.
Use homemade food and beverage
Check the packaging is intact, as also the expiry date and the source of the product.
It is also necessary to talk regularly to the local community to check if people are falling sick after eating in a particular restaurant
We should also create awareness in the local community on the ill effects of food adulteration
We need to remember that contamination could happen in very small amounts over a period of time.