Contamination of Food Products - Addl Inputs

Below are your inputs on key issues, root causes and solutions regarding contamination of food products. Kindly review and if you have any additional inputs, please add.

We will soon be compiling the whitepaper for Minister Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and his leadership team so actions can be taken as feasible.

Contamination of Food Products – Key Solutions

1. Strict laws should be made against adulteration
2. A regulating body should be set up to look over the working of sweet shops and dairies
3. A structured process should be laid out by this body for running sweet shops
4. Sweet shops should be forced to follow strict quality control mechanism
5. Shops found compromising on quality should be penalised heavily
6. Treating fruits and vegetables with chemicals should be made illegal
7. It should be made compulsory for the factories to treat their waste before letting it out in the local water bodies
8. Consumers should be made aware about the difference between mineral water and packaged drinking water
9. A special drive should be done to catch the food safety inspectors who take bribes from the vendors
10. People should be encouraged to grow and use organic food
11. There could be a Chemical and Microbiological Safe Certification of all food products by the food department, on similar line of AGMARK and ISI Mark
12. All food product whether tinned or packed, should be bar-cored and certified the Government departments
13. There should be a register in every business unit for the visits of inspecting officials with name, contact details
14. Inexpensive test kits to check for adulteration should be easily available in the market
15. Every Municipality should have at-least four Testing Labs where general public could drop samples
16. All Municipalities and Shops shall display the address , phone number of such labs available in those towns.

Contamination of Food Products – Root Causes

1. No regulating authorities to watch over the sweet shops and dairies
2. Companies have become extremely profit oriented
3. The quality control in factories is not up to the mark
4. Vendors use chemicals on fruits and vegetables to make them ripe faster
5. There is a blatant disregard for the importance of human life
6. The Food Safety Officers collude with the vendors and do not take action against them
7. There is no fear in the mind of adulterers
8. Businessmen are unable to see the larger perspective of ethics and code of conduct.

Contamination of Food Products - Key Issues

1. Many sweets at the Indian sweet shops are contaminated
2. The paneer and khoya available at dairies are contaminated
3. Cases of contamination of packaged milk have come up recently
4. Fruits and vegetables are treated with chemicals which makes them contaminated
5. Turmeric powder is contaminated with methanyl yellow which is a banned substance
6. Fish gets contaminated due to the chemical waste disposed in the rivers
7. Red chilli powder is contaminated with brick powder
8. Many mineral water bottles available in the market are contaminated more  

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First of all Food products, which is being supplied by different companies and by local vendors, should be subject to periodical lab testing by Food and Drugs Department. Their inspectors should collect samples from distributors/stores and check at random. If it contains any adulteration or defective, action should be taken, immediately against the company/suppliers. For this it's our duty to write letters to the department and see that they takes complaints seriously. If, they are not responding, matter should be referred to the Consumer grievances Forum. more  
To get pure water is also consumer right. We are residing at 5-1-561, Falcon's Crest, Syed Jung Lane, Troop Bazar, Hyderabad - 500 095. Land Owner has locked, access to Terrace, whereby we are unable to clean Overhead tank of terrace and we are getting polluted water for drinking and for use. Your good office can intervene and solve the problem permanently or may kindly direct us for appropriate authority, who can solve the problem of consumers of the complex. more  
Adulterated food like edible oil,biscuits,bogus tea and immature fruits ripened through calcium carbide, unhygienic water is common all over India.Health authorities are silent spectators. No one is bothered about the health of common people. more  
All are welcomed but how these will be practically work more  
There is a wide gap between demand and supply of food products. People are many a times lured or compelled to buy products at cheaper prices without bothering for the quality of products. The agencies responsible for enforcing and ensuring the quality of products are ill-equipped and have inadequate trained manpower.In this situation food adulteration is quite likely to happen and it is happening without any guilt. more  
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