Report on Food Adultery in Bangladesh

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What is food adultery? Food adulteration is the process of adding chemical substances with foods, which should not be contained within food and beverages. Chemical substances or simply adulterants may be internationally added to substances to reduce manufacturing costs, or for some deceptive or malicious purpose. When profit in business is more important than morality, then it is possible to add the poisoning contents to the foods and beverages. Food adulteration, a clear violation of human rights, has crossed all limits now-a-days, as drive against this menace is neither effective nor regular in the country. Dishonest and unscrupulous businessmen are behind this crime against humanity. Food adulteration, synonymous with slow poisoning…show more content…
If some one looks at the Gulshan lake, one may easily find that fish are dying, floating on top of the lake because of high level of toxins. Fish- meal therefore from polluted lakes and rivers poses a great health risk for consumers. * Another concern is whether arsenic water is used for irrigation of producing vegetables in the country. The vegetables may retain some trace of arsenic component in fresh vegetables as well. This means that the best protection of consumers is to make informed choices and lessen the chances of exposure to potential toxins by eating polluted fish and arsenic-laced vegetables. TYPES OF FOOD THAT ARE OFTEN ADULTERARTED: * Basic food items on the market like rice, fish, fruits, vegetables, and sweetmeats are adulterated with hazardous chemicals in an indiscriminate manner. * More than 76 percent food items on the market were found adulterated in a random survey by Public Health Laboratory of Dhaka City Corporation in 2009. Adulterated Food acts as slow poison: * Slow Poisoning Consumers Consider Food Adulteration a Minor Irritant and That Remains the Reason for Its Stealthy and Steady Transformation Into a Major, Multi-Faceted Health Hazard. * Spices are laced with excessive edible colors and heavy metals. While lead can cause anemia, paralysis and the risk of abortion, colors can cause mental retardation in infants and increase the risk of cancers.
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