Formalin is in great triumph on a tremendous public panic by dint of multidimensional bamboozle bid taken to focalise foods formalin by means of various campaigns, discussions, talk shows, raids and drives across the country now a days.
The widespread formalin applying in fruits, vegetables, fishes, meats and milks for long tern preservation poses a massive threat to the public health and nutrition at an alarming level.
Formalin (40% aqueous solution of colour free and pungent formaldehyde) is in traditional application in paints, plastics, textile, nail varnish, constructive industries and renowned to preserve human corpse. Our traders are applying the chemical in foods to aid an attractive look and keep them fresh for their ignorance, negligence and financial gaining.
According to different sources, the level of formalin used in different foods, especially in the fruits are horrible and at toxic level for human consumption.
Formalin is naturally available in various food stuffs at various ranges and also available in the air. Formalin inhalation poses greater health risks than consumption.
There are digital trick to spread out panic about simple conditions but the simple and economic technologies to conquer this trouble are hardly advised. The trick the consumers can maintain for their healthy eating are:
Soaking fruits in fresh water, chlorinated water, tepid water
Reduction of fruits peel is the best option
Soaking and washing vegetables in fresh water
Soaking fishes in fresh water or hot water or vinegar or in brine solution
Cooking fishes to vaporise formalin in order to having 960C boiling point and 100% volatility of formalin
Soaking meats in fresh water
Cooking meats to vaporise formalin in order to having 960C boiling point and 100 % volatility of formalin
Heating of milk
Adding fresh water with milks in very low amount prior to heating
Boiling milk to vaporise formalin in order to having 960C boiling point and 100 % volatility of formalin
The quality controllers avoid the adherence of formalin in processed food but the raw foods are not in formalin curbed in markets. It is the acme dilemma on the route of ensuring safe food to both the carnivorous and vegetarian consumers in the adulterated era.
It is high time to take immediate bid for proper action to get formalin free foods in our markets for enjoying sound health. The preparation is essential leaving no stone unturned to the dashing beginning and splashing steps in various situations towards formalin rebuking movement to carry the day.
The writer is a Nutritionist and Food Science researcher.