A glass of milk or a slice of cheese may make your child healthy. Or they may not. Samples of milk and milk products collected by the health department in the last one year contained adulterated material.
The health department collects food samples every month from different pars of the city. But alarm bells are ringing in the department after it found milk and milk products to be highly adulterated.
Most items were contaminated with toxic elements, the department found. Brick dust is often mixed with chilly powder and a poisonous colorant is mixed with turmeric powder to make it appear bright yellow. Blotting paper is a common ingredient in thickening milk.
“Most people are unaware of these things. They continue to consume contaminated food,” said Dr Sandeep Budhiraja, director of internal medicine with Max Health Care. “The toxic food will lead to serious health problems in the long run. Children are the worst affected,” he said.
“People should buy food items only from reliable sources. If they suspect adulteration, they should immediately complain to the food quality control department,” said Budhiraja.