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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 125-126

Public health interventions to combat the menace of food adulteration in developing countries

Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Ammapettai, Kancheepuram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Saurabh R Shrivastava
Department of Community Medicine, 3rd Floor, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Thiruporur-Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai Village, Sembakkam Post, Kancheepuram 603 108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/1119-0388.140439

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It has been estimated that more than 200 diseases are spread through the medium of food. The practice of adulteration of food is a serious threat to health of the members of community. From the consumer point of view, firstly, he is paying more money for a foodstuff of lower quality and secondly, some forms of adulteration are injurious to health, even resulting to death. To conclude, realizing the scope of adulteration and the associated detrimental effects on the health of a consumer, there is an urgent need to formulate sound and holistic strategies to enhance the food safety standards.

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