Analysis: How Next-Gen Technology in Agriculture Can Make Food Safer in India
One in every five foods (grains, milk, pulses, spices and oil seeds) in India is adulterated. Adulterated food is made impure by the addition of an inferior substance, especially to prepare for sale by substituting more valuable ingredients for less valuable ones. The same report by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) suggests the percentage of adulterated food has grown from 12.8% in 2011-12 to 28% in 2018-19.
In another problematic report in 2013 by Food Sentry, India was found to be the leading food violator in the world: a total of 3,400 food samples were collected from 117 countries, and 11.1% of samples from India were identified as adulterated.