J&K govt to test food oils for cancer link including major brands


Srinagar, Sept 25: A statewide order concerning testing of edible oils is on the anvil after reports of cancerous agents found in edible oils surfaced.

According to reports in the media, a senior official of the State Drug and Food Control Organization mentioned raids in all the major outlets of edible oils in the state aimed to identify and punish distributors and manufacturers producing adulterated cooking oil refined from low quality and discarded rapeseeds.

Samples from top brands have already been taken and would be sent to laboratories in Kolkata and Ghaziabad for scientific testing according to the reports. The outlets and manufacturers, if found to be selling or manufacturing unhealthy oil, would be sealed immediately. Sources said that most of the top oil brands available in the market like P-Mark, Jumbo, Zamindar, V-brand and Noori are under scrutiny.

It is to mention here that in the recent past, edible oils in Jammu and Kashmir were found containing recycled oils and oils extracted from discarded rapeseeds, which contain highly toxic carcinogenic substance including ‘dropsin’ and ‘aflatoxin.’

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), in one of its reports, said detergents are a cause of food poisoning and gastro-intestinal complications. Other common additives to milk impair the functioning of various organs of the body, cause heart problems and cancer.

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