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Indian food is contaminated with human faeces......yucks
« on: April 23, 2018, 06:23:47 pm »
If you were so far unable to fight the urge of digging into spicy water-filled crispy golgappas or steaming momos, here's a very strong - and shocking - reason.

A latest study has found high faecal contamination in such fast food and junk food items , especially in several west and central Delhi localities.

Underlining that street food and hygiene have always been strange bedfellows, the study by Institute of Hotel Management, Catering and Nutrition, Pusa, shows extremely high volume of E. coli bacteria, which can cause severe infections, in these snacks.

Taking note of the report, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has written to Delhi's food safety commissioner to check the quality of street food items.

"We conducted the study to analyse the microbial load in Delhi's street food. It was done with a survey of commonly consumed street food by 100 individuals," said Dr Arpita Sharma of the Institute of Hotel Management, Catering and Nutrition.

"We chose five locations in West Delhi, where daily sales were the maximum, for collecting samples. For microbial analysis, five street and five franchisee food products were taken from the most popular shops. We collected food samples (samosa, golgappa, burger and momos) twice from the street shops and franchisee outlets at a one-month interval," she said, adding that the samples were drawn from west and central Delhi. Also read: Milk and oil used by street vendors under govt scanner

To the surprise of scientists, even samples from posh areas like Connaught Place were found infected with bacteria. Other famous markets from where samples were lifted are Rajouri Garden main market, Rajendra Place and Subash Nagar.

The normal Most Probable Number (MPN) of coliform bacteria is 50 or less as per the Central Pollution Control Board, but it was found to be over 2,400 in the samples of branded burger, vegetarian and non-vegeterian momos and other food items .

The bacterial pathogens commonly found in street eateries are Bacillus cereus (causes vomiting and diarrhoea), Clostridium perfringens (abdominal cramps and diarrhoea), Staphylococcus aureus (vomiting, appetite loss, abdominal cramps and mild fever) and Salmonella species (typhoid, food poisoning, irritation and inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract).

"This is a matter of great concern. I would never eat street food after reading this report," said Dr Shobha Broor, microbiologist at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). "The report literally means that whatever we eat, we are ingesting faeces."

The presence of coliform in the samples indicates the absence of clean water as well as unhygienic conditions at the place where the food was prepared. "E. coli ends up in food through faecal matter. The source could be contaminated water. At most of the street vendors, or even branded outlets, the quality of water and handling of food lack supervision," the report states.

Other experts Mail Today spoke to also confirmed that the study's findings were worrisome. Dr Manoj Singh, professor at department of pathology, AIIMS, said: "E. coli can cause many diseases, like typhoid and cholera. Street food handlers should be trained for maintaining health and hygiene."

Dr Sharma said: "A positive coliform test in golgappa water is a direct indication of faecal contamination. There was high bacteria count in burgers, momos and samosas too . In burgers and momos, the vendors use raw vegetables that increase chances of cross-contamination of various disease-causing bacteria.

More at https://www.indiatoday.in/mail-today/story/delhi-street-food-test-restaurants-momos-contamination-291459-2015-05-29

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Re: Indian food is contaminated with human faeces......yucks
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2018, 06:40:23 pm »
Can i still eat indian rojak in singapore?  :-[
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Re: Indian food is contaminated with human faeces......yucks
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2018, 07:18:35 pm »
well, those inconsiderate morons from my above apartment throws human faeces out from their window to the ground floor, so it is not surprised to me that their food is contaminated with human faeces ::)

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Re: Indian food is contaminated with human faeces......yucks
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2018, 01:40:35 am »
well, those inconsiderate morons from my above apartment throws human faeces out from their window to the ground floor, so it is not surprised to me that their food is contaminated with human faeces ::)

Really?
Who would throw that  :-X
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Re: Indian food is contaminated with human faeces......yucks
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2018, 07:17:48 am »
Really?
Who would throw that  :-X
it were those adhd inconsiderate indian neighbors living above me who enjoys doing that
« Last Edit: April 24, 2018, 07:51:36 am by gouki2017 »

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Re: Indian food is contaminated with human faeces......yucks
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2018, 09:58:51 am »
Maybe that explains why some of their snacks taste exceptionally good. With those secret ingredients being added in. Now that the cat is out of the bag, it's game over for them I guess.

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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2018, 12:24:37 pm »
Maybe that explains why some of their snacks taste exceptionally good. With those secret ingredients being added in. Now that the cat is out of the bag, it's game over for them I guess.

you mean like how they never change the 滷 in the 滷鸭 and 鹵麵 for many years izziiiiit? ???
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« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2018, 12:47:48 pm »
you mean like how they never change the 滷 in the 滷鸭 and 鹵麵 for many years izziiiiit? ???

lol.. before they even 滷, the source of water they have taken from is already 滷ed with those faeces already.. So its a natural ingredient for them to begin with.  ;)

"The presence of coliform in the samples indicates the absence of clean water as well as unhygienic conditions at the place where the food was prepared. "E. coli ends up in food through faecal matter. The source could be contaminated water."