Catch turmeric, Neutralite butter declared unsafe for human consumption: DFC deptt
The Drug and Food Control Department has asked the people to refrain from using turmeric powder and butter of Noida and Ahmedabad-based companies after it was found unsafe for consumption.
“We had picked up the samples of Catch Turmeric powder and Neutralite butter from Qazigund area in Anantnag district and send it for testing to Referral Lab Kolkatta,” said an official in Drug and Food Control Department.
“Both the products had, however, earlier been declared safe for consumption by the local Lab”.
He said that the report Referral Lab Kolkatta has revealed that both the eatables are highly unsafe for consumption.
“While lead chromate was found in abundance in Catch Turmeric Powder, a Coli form bacteria, was detected in Neutralite Butter,” said an official.
He said that both Lead Chromate and Coli Form bacteria are health hazardous.
Coli form is found when an impure water containing fecal matter is used while the lead chromate is used as a coloring reagent and is carcinogenic.
“Catch Turmeric Powder is a product of Noida based company while Neutralite Butter is Ahmedabad based,” said he. The official said that people have been instructed not to consume these two products and contact them in case anyone is found selling the same.
“We are seizing these two eatables from market and have directed the distributers not to sell the same in the market ,” said he.
Assistant Commissioner, Food Safety, Anantnag Ghulam Qadir when contacted confirmed that the two products are unsafe for consumption.
“Yes, the report from Referal Lab has revealed that the two products are unsafe for consumption.”
He said he has directed his field officers to seize the products from the market.
“We are issuing directions to public from refraining these food items through local dailies,” he added.