THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Assembly Estimate Committee on Health tabled its report in the Assembly on Monday. The report has given a detailed account of the alarming rate of adulteration in essential commodities, including rice, milk, vegetables and fruit.
The study conducted by the Assembly panel found massive adulteration in the rice supplied through various outlets. The samples collected from the FCI godown at Chingavanam in Kottayam were found to be of inferior quality. In the chemical examination, it was proved that the samples contained toxin content. The panel also detected massive adulteration in the rice distributed through the open market.
The committee recommended the seizure of the adulterated products and imposition of ban on their distribution and the penalisation the manufacturers. The panel found that the fish from Tuticorin, Mangalore and Goa, which are largely sold through the markets in the state, were being brought to the state after preserving them in ammonia for four to five days. The panel also said there was a high level of adulteration in packaged milk, vegetables and fruit.
Poor quality milk: Agriculture Minister K.R. Gowri told the Assembly that as many as 21 brands of packet milk available in the market in the state were found to be of substandard quality.
The brands of poor quality milk are: Swetha, Kheera, Palazhi, Wagamon, Gokul, Arogya, Mister Milk, Penta, Haritha, Hyma, Nandini, Madhurima, Amruth, NMD, Arya, Priya, Taste Me, Suprabhatham, PDDP, Gopika and Amala. Legal action had been initiated against these brands, she said.
‘‘The panel has noticed that a majority of the packet milk brands distributed in the state are adulterated. Hotels and restaurants are the major customers of these adulterated stuff. Of the total brands of packed milk, 48 brands had lacked the required quality standards,’’ the report pointed out.
Of the 107 samples of vegetables and fruit collected from various markets of the state, pesticide content was detected in 34 samples.