Say no to sweets this Diwali

Festival season has started and Diwali is around the corner. With onset of Diwali business at sweet shops reaches it peaks. Exchanging and consuming sweets is a major tradition during Diwali. With such heavy demand during the festival season, adulterated sweets are sold in bulk in the market. In a recent incident in Kasumpti in Shimla the Municipal Corporation seized 1.5 quintal of sweets which were found adulterated.

sweetThere is no proper checks for keeping tab on the quality of sweets being sold in Himachal Pradesh. As reported in the media, their is just one food inspector in Shimla who is responsible for collecting the samples. The report of these samples comes after a month and by the time entire adulterated sweets are already consumed. There is no fool proof system of collecting and sending these samples to the only testing laboratory at Kandaghat in the state. By the time a sample reaches the lab for testing it is already unfit for human consumption. Already shops from where the samples had failed in the past are still doing brisk business as the cases keep dragging in courts.

These sweets are prepared in bulk and months in advance to be sold around Diwali. Often to meet the demand, traders buy sweets from outside sweetmeat shops. Jullandher in Punjab, Ambala, Karnal and Panipat in Haryana are major hubs for procuring these sweets. Being a disorganised industry there are no quality checks.

To cope up with the demand, oil and khoya used in preparing these sweets is highly adulterated. Poisonous aregemone mexicana and deadly butter yellow dye is added to the oil. Refined palm stearin, a non-edible by-product of crude palm oil, is used as an adulterant in Vanaspati. Stearin is largely used to manufacture soaps. Khoya is prepared by mashing blotting paper and toilet paper in milk. Synthetic khoya is prepared by adding urea.

Milkfed, a state government undertaking, engaged in dairy products used to sell sweets during Diwali till the year 2007. This has been discontinued since last year. Milkfed sweets were much in demand throughout the state and people were assured of a decent quality. It seems those with vested interest in the adulterated sweets racket could not tolerate the presence of Milkfed and persuaded the ‘powers’ to keep it out of the business.

It is advisable not to touch sweets during Diwali. With no check on adulteration one cannot be sure of the sweets being sold and consumed. Adulterated sweets can land you in serious health trouble.

Wishing everyone a healthy festive season ahead. Stay away from sweets… Please!!

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20 Responses to "Say no to sweets this Diwali"

  1. Tanuj Sharma   September 24, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Home sweet home.. Enjoy home made food and sweets this diwali.

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    • NITYIN   September 24, 2009 at 6:24 pm

      Yes, home made sweets is the only way out. Wishing you a happy festive season ahead

      Reply
  2. Tanuj Sharma   September 24, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Home sweet home.. Enjoy home made food and sweets this diwali.

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    • NITYIN   September 24, 2009 at 11:54 pm

      Yes, home made sweets is the only way out. Wishing you a happy festive season ahead

      Reply
  3. Tanuj   September 25, 2009 at 3:21 am

    Hey thanks and same to you.Enjoy!

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  4. Tanuj   September 25, 2009 at 8:51 am

    Hey thanks and same to you.Enjoy!

    Reply
  5. aarkay   September 30, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Well said Nityin. I think this will be the most effective way to put a check on the unscrupulous elements , who in order to make a fast buck, play with the lives of the gullible consumers.It would be best to consume dry fruits. What about the traditional kheel batase, which are also used in the worship of Goddess Lakshmi!

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    • NITYIN   September 30, 2009 at 11:10 am

      Kheel Batase are my all time favorite. Dry fruits too is a nice option.

      Thanks for visiting here. Wishing you a great festive season ahead

      Reply
      • aarkay   October 15, 2009 at 7:13 am

        Hi! Nityin, here’s wishing you a HAPPY DIWALI.

        Hi NItyin! Here’s wishing you a HAPPY DIWALI

        Reply
  6. aarkay   September 30, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Well said Nityin. I think this will be the most effective way to put a check on the unscrupulous elements , who in order to make a fast buck, play with the lives of the gullible consumers.It would be best to consume dry fruits. What about the traditional kheel batase, which are also used in the worship of Goddess Lakshmi!

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    • NITYIN   September 30, 2009 at 4:40 pm

      Kheel Batase are my all time favorite. Dry fruits too is a nice option.

      Thanks for visiting here. Wishing you a great festive season ahead

      Reply
      • aarkay   October 15, 2009 at 12:43 pm

        Hi! Nityin, here’s wishing you a HAPPY DIWALI.

        Hi NItyin! Here’s wishing you a HAPPY DIWALI

        Reply
  7. sangeeta   October 13, 2009 at 2:27 am

    What do you call Kheel in English and Tamil?

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    • NITYIN   October 13, 2009 at 8:04 am

      No idea… may be other readers can help out.

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    • aarkay   October 15, 2009 at 7:55 am

      As popcorn is from maize, so is kheel from paddy (rice before thrashing), i.e. parched till it bursts open. No idea about English and Tamil name for it.

      Reply
  8. sangeeta   October 13, 2009 at 7:57 am

    What do you call Kheel in English and Tamil?

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    • NITYIN   October 13, 2009 at 1:34 pm

      No idea… may be other readers can help out.

      Reply
    • aarkay   October 15, 2009 at 1:25 pm

      As popcorn is from maize, so is kheel from paddy (rice before thrashing), i.e. parched till it bursts open. No idea about English and Tamil name for it.

      Reply
  9. Gagan   October 21, 2009 at 7:14 am

    I am sorry to see people educated and intelligent going along with the waves intiated by some media managers for their self interests . If you read the news item correctly – The mentioned Khoya though seized was without the bill and there is no mention of adulteration. Here in i do not mean to say that the adulteration is not being done anywhere but then why only small traders/ milk man are being targeted – Apropos the news Items regarding adulteration of Ghee/Khoya ,it is highly important for a newspaper /website to emphasize and guide the people in right direction. All channels/papers are getting exclusive videos for the same but none of them is pointing on to the other items – duplicate gift packs available, adulterated biscuit packs, adulterated juices,etc. From fruits to vegetables, from milk to cold drinks, edible oils, from wheat atta to common dal, from spices to dishes – Almost every eatable that you buy from the market is probably adulterated. Why is it that these channels think of adulteration only on diwali and are fighting with each other to show a exclusive footage why not the whole year throughout. Is this campaign motivated?Are these channels being payed by the corporates (Kurkure -manufacturer already has an ad campaign against sweets). Just day before a small news item in a Hindi daily mentioned -consignment of duplicate cold drinks/juices was raided near panipat. Were the channels sleeping.Use your mind and not eat what these channels/websites offer.

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  10. Gagan   October 21, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    I am sorry to see people educated and intelligent going along with the waves intiated by some media managers for their self interests . If you read the news item correctly – The mentioned Khoya though seized was without the bill and there is no mention of adulteration. Here in i do not mean to say that the adulteration is not being done anywhere but then why only small traders/ milk man are being targeted – Apropos the news Items regarding adulteration of Ghee/Khoya ,it is highly important for a newspaper /website to emphasize and guide the people in right direction. All channels/papers are getting exclusive videos for the same but none of them is pointing on to the other items – duplicate gift packs available, adulterated biscuit packs, adulterated juices,etc. From fruits to vegetables, from milk to cold drinks, edible oils, from wheat atta to common dal, from spices to dishes – Almost every eatable that you buy from the market is probably adulterated. Why is it that these channels think of adulteration only on diwali and are fighting with each other to show a exclusive footage why not the whole year throughout. Is this campaign motivated?Are these channels being payed by the corporates (Kurkure -manufacturer already has an ad campaign against sweets). Just day before a small news item in a Hindi daily mentioned -consignment of duplicate cold drinks/juices was raided near panipat. Were the channels sleeping.Use your mind and not eat what these channels/websites offer.

    Reply

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