Tata Salt samples sent for testing following Mumbai activist claims

Tata Salt samples sent for testing following Mumbai activist claims

Srinagar: The J&K government has lifted samples of Tata salt for testing after a Mumbai-based activist claimed the iodized salt is laced with alarming levels of carcinogenic and harmful components like potassium ferrocyanide.
Commissioner Food Safety, J&K, Vinod Sharma told Kashmir Reader that they have taken cognizance of the activist’s claims and have sent samples of the salt brand for lab testing.
“I have directed all the district officials to take samples of Tata salt and other table salt brands to check for the presence of any harmful chemical,” he said.
A Mumbai-based activist has claimed that premium brands of processed iodised salt sold in India, including Tata salt, allegedly contain alarming levels of carcinogenic and harmful components like potassium ferrocyanide.
Shiv Shankar Gupta, Chairman of Godhum Grains and Farms Products, said that testing by American West Analytical Laboratories has revealed that potassium ferrocyanide levels are alarmingly high in Sambhar Refined Salt at 4.71 mg/kg, at 1.85 mg/kg in Tata Salt and 1.90 mg/kg in Tata Salt Lite.
Officials of Tata Salt, however, claimed that “the allegations made against the purity and health benefits of Tata Salt are totally false and misleading and are being made by vested interests”.
Gupta, for his part, maintained at a press conference in Mumbai that “the presence of alarming levels of potassium ferrocyanide makes the products manufactured by these premium iodised salt companies carcinogenic”.
“I have been after these companies for nine years to rid salt of harmful substances. I will expose corrupt practices employed by the salt industry and help provide a healthy and safe natural variant of salt to the masses,” he told Kashmir Reader.
He said that industrial wastes, laced with hazardous chemicals like iodine and cyanide, were being repackaged as edible salt and sold in the market.
“The carcinogenic component used to make iodised salt by leading manufacturers causes cancer, high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism, kidney failures, obesity and even impotence. Leading salt manufacturers in India undertake bleaching with the use of dangerous chemicals such as iodine and cyanide,” he said.
Gupta also claimed that the Government of India had no facility to verify the quality of the salt.
“This forced me to approach labs in US to expose illegal practices,” he said.
Following the revelations, Tata Salt released an official statement saying the allegations made against its brands are “totally false and baseless and misleading and being made by vested interests”.
“We follow a rigorous control process to ensure that a safe, healthy and high-quality product is delivered to its customers,” the company said.