Speaking to media persons in Shiroda, Adv Diya Shetkar, founder-president of the NGO Nari Adhikar said they had surveyed and privately tested nearly 300 randomly-selected packaged snack food items or packets, which showed that over 30 per cent of these items had some or the other adulterants present in them.
According to a survey conducted by NGO Nari Adhikar, over 30 per cent of all packaged snack food stuff sold in Goan markets and stores is adulterated.
Nari Adhikar had conducted the survey in the markets of Mapusa, Margao, Panaji, Vasco and Ponda to check for the adulteration of fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, etc, and to assess the impact on nutrition and health of consumers due to surreptitious poisoning of foods by suppliers. Nearly 18 per cent of the food items were found to be
Foods items such as locally manufactured chips, samosas, tomato sticks, schezwan sticks, soya papdi, burgers, sandwiches, chaklis etc. were tested at private labs in Mumbai and Pune, said Shetkar, who said that a preliminary spot-analysis on the food items showed presence of non-permitted, non-edible colours and flavours or essences.
Further, the items did not carry the necessary labeling particulars and declarations, nor did the packages have any labels.
Shetkar claimed that the adulteration of fruits, vegetables, meats, cereals, pulses, and other ready-made food items is increasing by leaps and bounds in the State of Goa.
Food colours, pesticides, growth hormones, steroids, antibiotics are some of the adulterants used, not only to keep products looking fresh, but also to increase weight to allow for more sales and profits.