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December 5, 2023
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“Diwali Festivities: fake sweets flood markets – How to spot and avoid health risks”

Diwali Festivities: As the festive fervor of Diwali engulfs the nation, households are decked with lights, prayers echo through the air, and the exchange of sweets and gifts is in full swing. However, amidst the joyous celebrations lurks a potential threat – the presence of fake and chemical-laden sweets in the market.

Diwali Traditions and the Dark Side:

The tradition of decorating homes, worshipping Mata Rani, and sharing sweets has been a cornerstone of Diwali celebrations for generations. Unfortunately, some unscrupulous individuals exploit this joyous occasion for financial gain by selling counterfeit sweets. This not only puts your health at risk but could also have life-threatening consequences.

The Dangers of Fake Sweets:

Counterfeit sweets often contain a cocktail of harmful substances, from substandard khoya made with chemicals like fertilizer, potato, iodine, synthetic milk, chalk, urea, to the dangerous use of aluminum instead of silver for decoration. Consuming these fake delights can lead to severe health issues, ranging from organ damage and food poisoning to more serious conditions such as brain cancer, leukemia, mouth cancer, diabetes, and kidney diseases.

Protecting Your Health:

The key to a safe and enjoyable Diwali lies in vigilance. Opt for homemade sweets to ensure the quality of ingredients. When purchasing from outside, exercise caution by scrutinizing the sweets and khoya for any signs of adulteration. Pay attention to silver work, as the use of aluminum is a red flag.

Identifying Adulteration and Taking Action:

If you suspect adulteration in sweets or khoya, don’t hesitate to raise your voice. Complaints can be lodged with the food department, as emphasized by Assistant Food Commissioner Archana Dhar in Gautam Buddha Nagar. Stringent actions are being taken against adulterants, with samples collected and thorough investigations underway. Rest assured, adulteration will not be spared under any circumstances.

The Health Hazards of Adulterated Sweets:

Consuming fake sweets, be it in the form of khoya, chhena, or milk, poses serious health risks. From heightened cholesterol levels leading to heart diseases and strokes to liver damage and the potential for food poisoning, the consequences are dire. Children are particularly vulnerable, making it imperative for everyone to exercise caution during this festive season.

As you revel in the festivities, remember that your well-being is of utmost importance. Choose wisely, stay vigilant, and report any suspicious activity to ensure a Diwali filled with joy, good health, and genuine sweetness.

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