Food Adulteration Case Study

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I. Introduction

Presently the world is a witness to the maximum technological advancements and reach, pooled with the well-versed consumers. Consumers today consistently seek out innovative products and gadgets of popular brands with latest features, often neglecting the adversities of using them continuously. The case remains same irrespective of food items, cosmetics, baby products or gadgets; the growth of fast-food chains and wide coverage of electronic gadgets and wireless equipments are best examples for this. Though we have instant access to the after effects of using unsafe products through social media, many ignore the same. In cases where products are blacklisted by certified organisations, they are withdrawn for a while and get
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food, beverages, and fuels) for legal or other reasons. The addition of adulterants is called adulteration.” (Lakshmi, 2012) “When it comes to food adulteration no other country can beat India because this is a country where everyone has unlimited freedom to indulge in such activities with no possibility of retribution. Though food laws that exist are comparable to international ones, there is very little activity at the ground level to monitor or detect adulterated foods in the market or punish the guilty.”
Singh and Grewal (2013) conclude their study by emphasising the role of Consumer Protection Act with the inexpensive grievance redressal forum. Still the study reflects a high need for the consumer gets familiar with the proceedings of consumer court and special cell for consumer protection by educating the consumers through various media communications. The study also insists the need for amending laws with times, better enforcement and the leading role of youth and rural population for a sustainable growth for the India’s ‘tomorrow’
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J & J faced law suit for its baby powder which was proven to cause ovarian cancer death. This puts J&J baby shampoo on the spotlight which clearly contains extremely dangerous chemicals. To mention specifically, the J & J baby shampoo contains preservatives such as quaternium-15 and 1, 4-dioxane which release formaldehyde (a known carcinogen). In U.S the company introduced natural baby shampoo by accepting the claim. Still the company fails to warn consumers about the presence of chemicals in its products, especially in countries like