For the unversed, adulterated food means adding impure matter to a food or beverage with a motive to increase its quantity. Adulterated food is debilitating for human health and we all know that. From that red chilli powder to everyday used dairy product - milk, and those fresh-looking oranges, almost every food product can be adulterated. According to FSSAI’s 2014-2015 data, almost one-fifth of the food products that were put to test were found to be adulterated. The figure is concerning as having such food items can lead to ailments like cancer, brain damage and can also cause infertility. To control this unhealthy practice, FSSAI recently started a campaign on Twitter with #DetectingFoodAdulteration.

That’s why today we have come up with a method that can help you check if the salt that you purchased is adulterated or not. You can use a simple ingredient called potato for this purpose. This staple food can help you find out the purity of your salt. Watch the 43-seconds video on the subject below or read further to know the steps to detect salt adulteration.

  1. Cut a potato into two pieces. 
  2. Take some salt and apply it to the cut surfaces.
  3. Wait for a while and then add 2 drops of lemon juice to both the cut surfaces. 
  4. If the colour of the potato remains unchanged, your salt is absolutely safe to consume.
  5. In case, the colour changes to blue, it is adulterated. 

Isn’t this a useful hack? Try it out at home today.

Notably, food adulteration is a punishable offense in India and still, a significant number of people are indulging in it. According to the Food Safety and Standard Act passed by the Indian parliament in 2006, anyone indulging in food adulteration can be sentenced maximum of six years of imprisonment along with monetary penalties based on the seriousness of the offense.