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What are the common food adulteration examples?

In the last blog, we had discussed what is food adulteration and this blog will be dedicated to common food adulteration examples. 

In today’s time, Adulteration of food in India has become a very serious problem and whatever you eat, chances are very high that it has been adulterated. Adulteration is the process or the act that lowers the quality of Food. In this process, either the inferior products are added or extraction of valuable ingredients takes place.  It is very dangerous for your health. 

We have listed down several questions related to food adulteration & in the coming blogs, we will capture all of them.

> What are the common food adulterants?

> Which is the most adulterated food?

> What are the various methods of food adulteration?

> How the adulteration of milk, sweets, tea, coffee, vegetables, species, wheat, etc. happen in India?

Food Adulteration Examples in India

Here are the most common food adulteration examples in India which are adulterated by various substandard products.

Check out our post on Food Adulteration

1.      What is Adulterated Milk & how adulteration happens in milk? 

In 2012, the FSSAI (Food Safety & Standards Authority of India) conducted a survey in the various states of India and it has been found that in almost all the states, milk was adulterated with diluted water, detergent, etc. It is very dangerous for human beings and it has the highest chance of causing stomach disorders.

Common Food adulteration Examples

2.       Tea/Coffee

Tea & coffee are the most commonly used beverages in India. Tea Leaves are adulterated with the same coloured leaves. Consuming adulterated tea causes liver infection and it has been reported across the country. On the other hand, Coffee seeds are adulterated with other types of seeds like tamarind, mustard, etc. Such adulterations are responsible for diarrhoea.

3.      Vegetables

Vegetables are used on a daily basis in the Indian kitchen but do you know these vegetables are not safe for consumption. The adulteration of vegetables has also started with malachite green, a chemical dye, oxytocin, wax, etc.

Food Adulteration Examples in India


4.      Curd & Paneer

In India, Curd and paneer are widely used in daily food. These things are also adulterated and most commonly Vanaspati is used in the adulteration of Curd.  Paneer is get adulterated by adding starch to it.

5.      Wheat, Dal and other food grains

Wheat is adulterated by ergot containing a very harmful substance for human health. It causes very harmful effects on the human body.  Arhar dal is very common in the Indian kitchen and it is usually adulterated by metanil yellow. Metanil yellow is principally not permitted but it is used extensively in India. It is very dangerous for the nervous system of human beings.

6.      Spices

Spices are also added to the list of adulteration. Spices are used everywhere in food and adulteration of spices are very harmful to human health. A yellow stone soap powder is used in the adulteration of turmeric powder and brick powder or artificial colours are added to the chilli powder. Papaya seeds & blackberries are the most commonly used adulterant in black pepper.  The costliest spice of the world i.e. saffron is adulterated by coloured dried tendrils of maize cob.

Real Life Food Adulteration Examples

7.      Sugar & Sweets

Sugar is adulterated most commonly by tar dye which makes it worse for consumption and very injurious for human health. The same sugar is also used in making sweets. Apart from Sugar, Khoya is used in making sweets that are adulterated by starch. Silver is most commonly used for the packing of sweets and as per the regulations issued by the government, silver must be 99.9% pure for packing food ingredients. It is not following as well because silver is very expensive.

Food Adulteration Examples


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