Dangerous food from across the world

022The adulteration of food items in Bangladesh has for long been a headache for the masses as well as the concerned authorities. As formalin was being used to preserve the perishable food items like fruits, vegetables etc. for longer periods of time, chemicals and other procedures were used to ripen fruits artificially.
Health experts had opined time and again that such adulterated food items can be harmful for human health resulting in a variety of diseases in the long run including fatal ones like cancer, kidney failure, lever cirrhosis etc.
The concern with formalin-laced food had even led the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) to want the TCB to import formalin so as to gain some control over the crisis.
While food adulteration is a runaway concern for Bangladesh, unbeknownst to many is the fact that the issue is prevalent in other parts of the world including the developed countries as well. While researching on the matter, New Age Xtra found a number of incidents detailing adulteration and risky ingredient usage in food items very recently.

Most adulterated food items
Even a few years back, most perishable food types including fish, vegetables and fruits were being adulterated in Bangladesh. But in the developed countries, this list is very small, not exceeding 12 items.
According to an article in the Huffington Post in 2012, the list is topped by olive oil. The daily publication reported that most of ‘extra virgin’ olive oil is contaminated with deodorants and other, non-olive oils. The Food Fraud Database lists adulterants in olive oil as corn oil, hazelnut oil and palm oil.
The next item is milk, whose adulterants include whey, bovine milk protein, melamine and cane sugar. Despite being the most expensive spice in the world, Saffron is contaminated with sandlewood dust, starch, yellow dye and gelatin threads, according to the Food Fraud Database.
Orange juice may contain fungicide, grapefruit juice, marigold flower extract, corn sugar and paprika extract. Another popular drink in the West, and rapidly gaining popularity across the world, is coffee. This is contaminated with caramel, chicory, glucose, leguminous plants, roasted corn, malt and maltodextrins.
Most apple juice ingredients include high-fructose corn syrup, raisin sweetener, synthetic malic acid alongside arsenic.
Also, orange cheddar, turmeric powder, black pepper, golden honey, chilli powder and other items are mostly dyed with harmful ingredients.

Source of meat
023Over the years plenty of restaurants in Bangladesh have been caught red-handed using the meat of dead chicken in their dishes.
Restaurants in the west may not be very different from this and sometimes even worse. In 2013, NBC reported the case of a man from Indiana state in the USA who sold wildlife, including raccoons, turtles and deer, to meat markets. The markets would eventually sell the meat to local restaurants in Chicago. Following an investigation by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the man was arrested for Class D felonies.
Even worse is a case from France during the same year when 21 people were arrested in the country for fraudulently labelling the meat of 100 laboratory horses as ‘fit for consumption’ and later selling them to consumers. AP had reported that the horses were actually used to develop antibodies for rabies and tetanus, among other things. The documents of the horses were doctored and later the meat were also exported to countries like Spain.

Laced food and Gutter oil
Most of us usually suspect friendly chatpati-sellers for lacing their chatpati and fuchkas with addictive substances, thus making the customers return for more business time and again. While this was never properly proven in Bangladesh, the practice is widespread in countries like China where restaurateurs use poppy pods in their dishes.
Ever since the information made its way to the public sphere around 2013, the Chinese government banned the spice and doled out sentences up to five years in prison to those who were using the addiction-inducing spice in their dishes.
Chinese government officials are also cracking down against the use of ‘gutter oil’ in restaurants. Gutter Oil comes from sewer sludge (discarded old cooking oil and rendered animal fat) that is scraped out of the sewer and sent back to the processing plants to be reused in cooking of food.
Labelled as ‘recycled cooking oil’, barrels of the substance were sold to restaurants at awfully low prices. AlterNet had reported that as the oil is toxic and contain carcinogens, the Chinese government stopped its black market production in 13 cities following a five-month investigation in 2013. During this time, 3,200 tons of gutter oil was sold in China thus leading to a staggering US $1.6 million profit for these producers.=
-New Age Xtra Desk

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