Adulteration means mixing and in this way pure things become impure. With the modern progress, it has become very common. The toll of human life that Adulteration takes is only next to war. The damage done is not only immediate but far-reaching. It has a very had effect on human mechanism. Vitality in man is lowered. Paralysis has become very common because of Adulteration. Widespread blindness in the people of Pakistan owes. much to this bad practice. outbreak of certain diseases and epidemics are also the after-effects of Adulteration. In a word, adulterators are like white ants who are eating away national health will out much apparent damage.
History shows that this moral evil existed even among the Greeks and the Romans thousands of years ago. It could not become the talk to the town only because of the want of statistical data on the subject. Moreover, the detection in those days depended to a great extent, on the delicacy of the individual. There were no chemical tests. Usually Adulteration went undetected. Today it has become very common. The lure of profit has drawn unscrupulous souls to this field. These people employ different modes of Adulteration to deceive people.
First, they mix a thing of inferior quality with that of a superior quality. Milk is adulterated with milk powder or starch, butter is adulterated with grease or white oil; Ghee is adulterated with animal fats, or coconut oil; Edible oil is adulterated with mobile oil; Turmeric is adulterated with yellow earth. Secondly, they substitute, in whole or in parts, one thing for another like saccharin for sugar. Thirdly, the adulterator’s abstract valuable constituents of a thing such as butter from milk. Fourthly, they colour the original article so that it may seem superior. Fifth, they use certain chemicals to preserve food without knowing that they are injurious to health. Sixthly, they add decomposed articles to good ones; rotten eggs are sold with fresh eggs. Lastly, they misbrand or mislabel their articles: “Fonds Creart” and “Zerf” are sold for “ponds cream” and “Serf”.
An elaborate system of control is needed to check Adulteration. An organized committee should be set up and provided with sufficient resources. It should investigate the dietary habits of the people and pattern of food consumption. Rewards for informants of successful cases should be announced. Detection test should be simple to avoid … delays and technical assistance. Firins using additives should employ scientists to see that their products are free from harmful effects. Honest labelling giving character, origin, amount and constituent parts of the food should be introduced. The adulterators should be openly tried and awarded exemplary punishment. People’s sense of responsibility should be appealed to on moral basis. It is only then that we can eradicate this evil from Society and make an nation strong.