cheap and non-edible or toxic substances is called food adulteration. Deliberate contamination of food material with low quality. . but it may spoil many lives.  Adulteration brings a lot of easy money for the traders.

 Unintentional addition: Pesticides. growth promoters. components of packaging materials. removing substances to food or altering the existing natural properties of food knowingly.  Intentional addition: Intentional adulteration is the act of adding. The addition of adulterant may be intentional or unintentional. solvents etc. .

ammonia. common type of food adulterations are:  1)Milk :.It is adulterated by the addition of water. starch. and other contaminants. skimmed milk powder and removal of cream. .  Also with urea.

 4)Turmeric & chili powders: add colors to cover poor quality.  3)Cereals :.  5)Honey :It is adulterated with sugar and jaggery. .It is adulterated with vanaspati and animal fats . 2)Ghee :.Rice and wheat are mixed with stones .

spinach. or they are dipped in chemical to make them look fresh . 6).  The vegetables are coated with wax. like bitter-gourd .lady-finger. . vegetable & fruits: Farmer injects growth hormones to get more produce in short time. etc.  Vegetables that are most targeted are green vegetables.

 consumption of these adulterants have harmful effects on the body. ghee. etc. . resulting in liver damage and other health problems. What is more alarming is that ingredients used in preparing sweets range from chemicals such as ammonia to even some adulterated oils.

. liver and other health problems.   Consumption of adulterated food can harm kidney. it can also cause allergy to people. nervous system . Food adulteration can lead to slow poisoning and various kinds of diseases.

 Cereals .  Put a drop of milk on polished vertical surface. If adulterated it will not burn or if it does it will produce a cracking sound. Milk adulterated with water will flow immediately without leaving any trace.  Visual detection.  Milk The drop of pure milk either stops or flows slowly leaving a white trail behind it.Food  Honey Household detection  A cotton wick dipped in pure honey burns when ignited with a match stick.

 Buy reliable brands from standard companies. check expiry date .AGMARK or FPO marks. . refuse the shop and report the matter to the concerned authorities. Buy standard goods like those with ISI.  If you find a shopkeeper indulging in adulteration.  Before buying an products.

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