Koshika Mira Saxena Mira Saxena
Writer, social worker, book addict, love kids and cooking. Believes in spreading smiles.
Roadside kadak chai stalls are always the center of attention in bustling cities, on railway platforms or close to offices. People relish road side tea during breaks to feel fresh. Not only roadside, tea has been part of our life since ages. Once it was used as a medicinal drink, although now it is popular as a recreational drink. The ritual of drinking tea has transcends boundaries, and roadsides are dotted with chai wallahs who serve the tea boiled up with spices, sugar and milk. But whatever we are savouring at these road side stalls, at home or even at cafes might slowly be poisoning us.
Many tea sellers and hawkers have confessed that they use adulterants like soap, acid, starch, table sugar and chemicals like formalin to prepare tea rather than using Milk. 68% of the milk in India is found to be adulterate as found in study conducted by Food and Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). Unscrupulous milkman, dairies, or agents have taken to adulterating milk.
What are the adulterants?
Adulteration of milk reduces the quality of milk and makes it hazardous for consumption. Adulterants like soap, acid, starch, table sugar and chemicals like formalin or fevicryl are added to the milk. They increase the shelf life and volume of the milk.
Why is adulterated milk dangerous?
It can cause irritation in the gastrointestinal tract causing nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
How can these adulterants be identified?
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