Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Wednesday directed the state government to file its response on adulteration in bakery shops and poultry farms. A division bench comprising Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey issued the directions after Advocate Ateeb Kanth moved an application on this matter.
Advocate Kanth said in his application, “The bakers bake the morning bread in a very unhygienic way…. The baker shops are not being regulated by officials and they work in violation of the norms of Food Safety and Standard Act.”
He alleged, “They (bakers) use an excessive amount of sodium bicarbonate in order to get the fluffy texture of bread. It is scientifically proven that sodium bicarbonate can cause metabolic alkalosis and is unsafe for human consumption.”
He also submitted before the court that a section of bakery owners use non-food grade chemicals, such as ammonium bicarbonate, sodium cyclamate, urea fertiliser, and toxic colouring agents. “These chemicals are used to make the food attractive to customers and to preserve for long period, which can cause ailments ranging from stomach upset to malfunctioning of vital organs including kidney and liver and even cancer in the long run,” he said.
Adulteration in poultry chicken was also brought to the notice of the court in the application. The court was informed that chickens are injected with antibiotics by poultry owners to promote their growth. “The practice has been witnessed in more parts of the city and 200 cases were registered against the shops. Even the eggs borne from these chickens are not safe,” Advocate Kanth said.
He pleaded that the government should be directed to check the bakeries and poultry farms regularly as per the law.