Delhi: Fungus found in samples of food articles

Fungus, acid insoluble ash and toxic particles were found in samples of food articles prepared from contaminated buck wheat, consuming which one person had died and around 200 people fell ill in the city earlier this month.

Updated: Apr 13, 2011, 22:03 PM IST

New Delhi: Fungus, acid insoluble ash and
toxic particles were found in samples of food articles
prepared from contaminated buck wheat, consuming which one
person had died and around 200 people fell ill in the city
earlier this month.

A high-level committee, set up to probe the incident,
in its report said that out of 72 samples it lifted, 15 have
been found adulterated comprising fungus, acid insoluble ash
and toxic particles.
The incident had taken place in east and north-east
Delhi localities early this month.

In his report, K S Singh, Director, Prevention of Food
Adulteration said that it had lifted 72 samples out of which
62 have been analysed in which 15 have been found adulterated

Officials said the PFA department has already filed
two cases in the court.

In some of the samples, "insects, particles of optical
whitener and grit" were also found, which are hazardous for
health.
A total of 14 cases were registered by police in east
and north-east districts in connection with the incident which
was reported from M S Park, Welcome, Nand Nagri, Jyoti Nagar
(North-East Delhi), Krishna Nagar, Farsh Bazar, Shakarpur,
Madhu Vihar, Mandawli, Kalyanpuri and Mayur Vihar.

PTI