The Delhi government, in a recent raid in six godowns of ginger near India’s largest wholesale vegetable market, Azadpur, Delhi has laid its hands on 450 litres of acid, as reported by NDTV. This acid was used to shine up the exterior of ginger after washing them.
The raids revealed that rotten and old ginger was washed with acid to brighten them up because the customer chooses only those who look attractive. The estimates have found out that 1 litre of acid is used to wash 400 kg of ginger – after the wash, the rotten parts of the ginger peels off, and it becomes good as new again.
The president of the association of ginger farmers, Raju Kohli reportedly said, “This nexus is being carried out by both of those who are inside Delhi and those outside.The work is being transported in Mukandpur, Haiderpur, Shalimar Bagh. No necessary steps have been taken by the police.”
Doctors have also confirmed the hazardous effect of these gingers.
This is not the first time that a news of adulteration of gingers has come to the fore. Only a few months back the Central Zone Task Force on 10 June raided a ginger-garlic paste manufacturing unit at Bazaar Ghat, Nampally, Telangana and arrested two persons on charges of making adulterated products. About four quintals of adulterated paste, 25 litres acid and chemicals were seized, Telangana Today had reported.
Similar incidents of adulteration have happened even with milk. 68% of the milk in India is found to be adulterated as found in a study conducted by Food and Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). Unscrupulous milkman, dairies, or agents have taken to adulterating milk which reduces its quality and makes it hazardous for consumption. Adulterants like soap, acid, starch, table sugar and chemicals like formalin or fevicryl are added to the milk.
The Logical Indian community condemns the apathetic attitude of the government authorities who have turned a blind eye to the entire situation. We urge those concerned to take an immediate and strict step to tackle the issue of adulteration that poses health hazards to the common man.