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  • "Screen commercial food"

JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party (PDP) leader from Jammu West Puneet Singh Jamwal today asked JMC and Department of Health services to launch a drive against adulteration of eatables especially during rainy season so that people could eat good food and lead a healthy life. He said Gujarat Forensic Science University has very recently detected higher level of mycotoxins in popular chilly powder, proven carcinogens which are an alarming revelation.  

The PDP leader said given situation calls for regular screening of commercial food samples to establish presence of aflatoxin in them. If needed the JMC and health authorities should seek help of forensic labs and allied agencies but food items available in open market must be checked regularly for the safety of people of Jammu and Kashmir.  

Puneet singh jamwal said that most of fruit sellers are using artificial fruit ripening agents like calcium carbide and  this calcium carbide is very hazardous to human body and known cacogenic agent  and so JMC and health authorities should ensure blanket ban on these harmful  artificial fruit ripening agents for the safety  and health security of the people which is top priority of any government. 

Puneet singh Jamwal said agencies responsible for checking food adulteration should rise above launching symbolic drives and ensure that people in Jammu and Kashmir get quality eatables including milk and milk products. Many of the Bhojanalayas on way to cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi are also alleged to be not caring about providing people quality food which also calls for regular checks and if needed the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board must employ food technologists to keep an eye of eatables being sold to pilgrims.  

Issue of food adulteration should be taken very seriously as it is not only affecting our health but also generating several disorders in children and affecting their growth. School canteens, vendors, restaurants, milk shops, manufacturers of milk products and all other into packaging food in Jammu and Kashmir must be screened regularly, he added.  

The PDP leader said presence of mycotoxins in food items especially milk and milk products should alarm health authorities as well as JMC who if needed shall constitute special teams and check food items randomly. Storage of food and food related items including spices by hotels, restaurants, vendors or canteens should also be checked primarily because they should not be allowed to store them in damp places which is believed to be main cause of growth of fungus in these  products.