Pro­tect your­self from adul­ter­ated food

Tempo - - News - Mar­i­lyn C. Aray­ata

ITRIED this cin­na­mon bread from a store in a pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tion. It’s not cin­na­mon bread at all. It was only shaped, col­ored, baked, pre­sented, and sold as such. What de­cep­tion!

Some­times food prod­ucts are not faked, but they are ex­pired, un­fit for hu­man con­sump­tion, or adul­ter­ated. In high school, I heard the term “adul­ter­ated” from my chem­istry teacher. Adul­ter­ation is “the process by which the qual­ity and na­ture of food is re­duced through ad­di­tion of adul­ter­ants or re­moval of vi­tal sub­stance”. Food adul­ter­ants re­fer to “the for­eign and usu­ally in­fe­rior chem­i­cal sub­stance present in food that cause harm or is un­wanted in the food”(pub­lichealth­notes.com).

Some busi­ness­men go to the ex­tent of mix­ing prod­ucts, usu­ally food and drinks – with in­fe­rior, cheaper ma­te­rial, just to earn more. They add wa­ter to milk and vine­gar. There are also cases where harm­ful ma­te­ri­als are added to prod­ucts in or­der to in­crease their weight! Other com­mon types of food adul­ter­ation are wax coat­ing (to make prod­ucts look fresh) and mis­brand­ing/false la­bels. The man­u­fac­ture and ex­piry dates are changed! Have you or some­one you know no­ticed some­thing like this?

Check the con­sis­tency in the qual­ity of the food and drinks that you buy. Source your goods from trusted sup­pli­ers who ad­here to qual­ity and safety stan­dards. Choose whole, in­stead of ground/ grated prod­ucts. Be wary of cheap items. Chances are, they have poor qual­ity.

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