Like every developing country, India also faces many food safety issues, and one area which is becoming an alarming situation is the adulteration of edible oil.
Thugs don’t think twice before adding harmful chemicals that are capable of harming the health of human beings even to the extent of causing cancer in the edible oil sold loosely around the country.
Wide spread edible oil adulteration across the country
Recently, the vigilance and enforcement, and civil supplies departments tracked a consignment of adulterated edible oil at HB colony in Vizag. The adulterated edible oil racket was being operated by a gang whose modus operandi was dangerous to public health; They used to collect used edible oil from various eating joints in the city, mix it with loose fresh edible oil, pack it in tins, and transport it to be sold in all parts of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana.
It was very alarming to hear about another incident where Kaliachak police busted an adulterated edible oil factory at Sultanganj College area and caught a large quantity of tampered edible oil and packaging utensils. Two persons were arrested from the spot and police seized eight quintals of fake mustard oil, nine quintals fake palm oil, 2.5 quintals of saloni, five litre artificial colour, 565 empty tins and 6000 pieces of empty bottles were seized from that illegal factory.
What is the Government doing about this?
Alarmed by these incidents of edible oil adulteration happening across the country, the Central Consumer Protection Council headed by Union Minister for Consumer Affairs Ram Vilas Paswan took a decision to provide the common man with quick-testing devices to check adulteration of edible oil.
Giving details, Food and Safety Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) head Ashish Bahuguna said, “The devices have been developed by the department” The device to check edible oil been named “Rapid Test Laboratory”. It is an affordable, easy-to-use portable apparatus, with no maintenance cost.
What You can do?
You can never be sure about the quality of loosely sold edible oil, so always buy packaged edible oil from a well known brand and sold by a reliable source. Never buy loose edible oil because it may harm your health and those of your loved ones.