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Yatheendradas C.k. at 01:37 PM - Jun 07, 2014 ( ) Views: 769

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There's poison in the ghee you consume

Ghee is made from milk. That we all know. But an expose' by Headlines Today reveals the ghee that you consume is not being prepared from milk. Rather, it is animal fat, crushed animal bones (to give it that granular texture), palm oil, essence (for the smell) and hazardous chemicals that are being used to prepare ghee.

Even more shocking is the fact that the people involved are continuing to operate despite a National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) notice.


This is how it can kill

Ghee with animal remains
Possible effect: This can block your circulatory system leading to a heart-attack

Fake ghee with bone-dust
Possible effect: it can lead to brain-storke and gangrene. Long term exposurecan also damage liver and kidney and lead to digestive problems

Posionous chemicals in vegetables have many harmful effects and can even cost you your life

Excess lead: It can lead to brain-related problems. It can also lead to severe anameia

Excess cadmium: It can lead to cancer and also lead to kidney aliments as well as ailments related to the urinary tract

Excess chromium: It can damage your heart as well as your liver

Excess zinc: It's so harmful that it can acctually be a cause of abortion

Dilshad, one of the biggest traders in animal fat and on the wanted list after an NHRC notice to the Uttar Pradesh (UP) government, spoke to Headlines Today and offered a regular supply of animal fat to the tune of four to five tonne a month.


The NHRC had issued a notice to the UP government to stop animal slaughter in Meerut, the hub from where animal fat is supplied to more than 250 clandestine ghee manufacturing units in UP, Madhya Pradesh and parts of the NCR (National Capital Region.

After the NHRC notice, the UP government carried out raids and claimed to have dismantled some of the factories where the animal fat is prepared.

But when the Headlines Today investigation team went to the spot, it found the furnaces where the fat is made were very much in existence.

The team also managed to track down Dilshad.

Posing as spurious ghee manufacturers, the team spoke to him on hidden camera.

Cocky, confident and boastful, he said that he could supply four to five tonne of animal fat a month. He boasted that he was already supplying animal fat to similar units in the NCR. During the course of investigation, the Headlines Today team also came to learn that the same desi ghee you buy for Rs.225 a kg is also available at much lower prices in places in the NCR. At Durga Dairy in Loni, Ghaziabad, desi ghee was being sold for Rs.120 a kg, it was found.

No doubt, this desi ghee was made using animal fat, palm oil, essence and chemicals, which was confirmed after samples were tested. No surprise then that the proprietor of Durga Dairy had earlier been arrested for selling adulterated ghee.

The Prevention of Adulteration Act does not carry too heavy a punishment and, therefore, he was able to get away with a small fine and is now back in business.

More than 250 companies are running on fake addresses in Hapur, Alipur, Bhind, Morena, Vidisha, Sagar and Indore.

Based on information given by Headlines Today, a raid was also conducted in Alipur, where several containers of adulterated ghee were seized.

An example of how the scam works is the case of Swad brand ghee. Its address was found to be that of a construction company. Shockingly, the Swad brand carries the Agmark for quality.

From: yatheendradas c.k. at 01:43 PM - Jun 07, 2014( )

Tests to detect adulteration in ghee

1. Butyrorefractometer reading

Properly filtered ghee whose temperature is around 40°C is taken; 2-3 drops of it are poured in to the butyrorefractometer by the side of the glass rod. Now the reading is noted by the scale placed above the meter. Care has to be exercised to maintain the temperature of water that is flowing over the thermometer to be at 40°C. If the temperature deviates, then the results obtained may not be accurate. 

2. Baudoin Test (Detection of adulteration of ghee with vanaspathi)

As per the prevention of food adulteration act, it has been made mandatory to add 5% sesame oil to vanaspathi in order to detect the presence of vanaspathi in ghee through Baudoin test. The principle behind the test is development of permanent crimson red colour with furfural in the presence of concentrated hydrochloric acid in ghee adulterated with vanaspathi.

How to detect?

Take 5 g of molten filtered ghee in a test tube and add 5 ml of concentrated hydrochloric acid and 0.1 ml furfural solution in alcohol (2%) and mix the contents thoroughly and it is allowed to remain undisturbed for 10 min. Development of crimson red colour shows that the ghee is adulterated with vanaspathi. 

3. Detection of mineral oil in ghee

About 2 g of ghee is saponified with 25 ml of 50% alcoholic potassium hydroxide for one hour. Then the saponified content is transferred to a beaker containing 100 ml of water. Development of turbidity indicates the adulteration of mineral oil in ghee.

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Nikhil Gandhi at 03:17 PM - Jun 07, 2014 ( )

Very important information. Thanks Yatheendradasji.

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