5 inventive methods to speedily identify adulteration in our daily foods

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What is food adulteration?

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) precisely classifies it as, “The addition or subtraction of any substance to or from food, so that the natural composition and quality of food substance is affected.”

The FSSAI places a nifty guide to speedily examine if the food discovered in the country is adulterated.

#1. How to become aware of water in milk

The examination technique –

1) Add a drop of milk on a polished slanting surface.

2) Pure milk either remains or flows gradually leaving a white trace at the back.

3) Milk contaminated with water will run instantly without leaving a spot.

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#2. How to become aware of detergent in milk

The examination technique –

1) Add 5 to 10ml of a sample with an equivalent quantity of water.

2) Shake all the contents carefully.

3) If milk gets adulterated with detergent, it forms a thick foam.

4) Untainted milk will form extremely slender foam coating because of agitation.

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#3. How to become aware of starch in milk and milk items like khoya, chenna, paneer

The examination technique –

1) Simmer 2-3 ml of sample with 5ml of water.

2) Let it cool and put in 2-3 drops of iodine tincture.

3) If it turns into a blue colour, this showcases the attendance of starch.

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#4. How to become aware of mashed potato, sweet potatoes and other starchy substances in ghee/butter

The examination technique –

1) Take half teaspoon of ghee/butter in a see-through glass cup.

2) Put in 3-4 drops of iodine tincture.

3) If it turns into a blue colour, this showcases the attendance of mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes in ghee/butter.

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#5. How to check the presence of other oils in coconut oil

The examination technique –

1) Add some coconut oil in a see-through glass.

2) Put this glass in the fridge for a period of 30 minutes. (Do not place the glass in the freezer)

3) After refrigeration, coconut oil hardens.

4) If coconut oil is contaminated after that other oils create a separate coating.

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These are some of the hacks to understand the adulteration in food.

Try these and let us know in the comment section below if it worked or no.

Published by Mamatha on 07 May 2018

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