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Report on Food Adulteration in India

Food adulteration which is rampant and dangerously spreading, is emerging as a dangerous threat to the society as a whole. The practice of Food adulteratation is done with the lust to increase the quantity and make more profit. In this process, the food is deprived of its nutrients and the even place where the food is cultivated/prepared is often contaminated. For eg: Milk is mixed with water , For ghee, Vanaspati is used as an adulterant , ergot is mixed in cereals , chalk-powder is mixed as an adulterant for flour , coffee has chicory As adulterant, papaya seeds are mixed in pepper , brick-powder is adulterant in chilli powder , tamarind seed powder is the adulterant in coffee , wood powder is mixed in turmeric and dhaniya powder. What is Adulteration?

An adulterant is a chemical substance which should not be contained within other substances (e.g. food, beverages, and fuels) for legal or other reasons. The addition of adulterants is called adulteration.” This word is appropriate only when the added things are unwanted/harmful to the recipient. Else, they are called as food additives. When adulterants are used in illicit drugs, they are called cutting agents, whereas the deliberate addition of toxic adulterants to food or other products for human consumption is termed as poisoning. Research Methodology:

In this project we have looked at various reports and case studies available publicly and gathered secondary data from various sources. This has helped us analyze the situation of food adulteration with a wider perspective. Findings:

In a research paper published by Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences, it was discovered that the instance of food adulteration is the highest in rural areas due to ignorance of customers and illiteracy. The customers generally do check the weight and MRP, but rarely check for adulterants and other ingredients. This practice is rampant in rural areas. It was found out that edibles...