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Food adulteration a cancer, says govt

New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday called food adulteration a “cancer” and put the onus of fighting the menace on states as the issue rocked Lok Sabha amid concerns expressed by members across party lines.
Minister of state for health Dinesh Trivedi said the states needed to tighten their enforcement machinery to check adulteration and strive for speedy trials to deter unscrupulous elements.
He said the implementation of prevention of food adulteration law was in the domain of states.
The reply came after Congress MP Jagdambika Pal said not just packaged food but also vegetables, fruits and milk were falling prey to profiteers. He said the low statistics provided by the health minister notwithstanding, the illegal business was rampant. He said oxytocin injections were being used to make vegetables grow bigger while calcium carbide was being used indiscriminately to make fruits appear attractive. He said these had arsenic and phosphorus which acted as “sweet poison” for the human body.

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