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Food Adulteration


Food products are said to be adulterated if their quality is lowered by the addition of any substance, which is injurious to health or by extracting a nutritious substance present in the food.

Food adulterants include coloring agents, starch, Pepperoil, injectable dyes and others, pesticide residues, larvae in foods, droppings of rodents and metallic contaminants like lead, arsenic, effluent from chemical industries etc.

FSSAI has developed a simple, illustrated manual to detect common adulterants at home called DART- Detect Adulterants with Rapid Tests. This manual contains more than 40 tests that use simple ingredients such as water to test adulterants in food.

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