Chemistry Project to Study the Adulterants in Food
Adulterants in Food
Name: Taher Shabbir Hussain Class: XII-B
School: Indian Public School Year: 2009-2010
Certified to be the bonafide work done by
Mr. / Miss TAHER SHABBIR HUSSAIN of class______________ XII – B____________
in the________ CHEMISTRY LAB_____________ during the year 2009-2010
Date____________________________________ P.G.T. in CHEMISTRY
INDIAN PUBLIC SCHOOL Salmiya-Kuwait
Submitted for ALL INDIA SENIOR SCHOOL CERTIFICATE PRACTICAL
Examination held in CHEMISTRY LAB___________________ at INDIAN PUBLIC SCHOOL
Salmiya , Kuwait.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my chemistry mentor M.rs._Shjrjejy Zachanah, for her vital support, guidance and encouragement -without which this project would not have come forth. I would also like to express my gratitude to the lab assistant Mrs..Julje_Sa.m for her support during the making of this project.
The Objective of this project is to study some of the c.ommon…food..a.dult.erants present in different food stuffs.
Adulteration in food is normally present in its most crude form; prohibited substances are either added or partly or wholly substituted. Normally the contamination/adulteration in food is done either for financial gain or due to carelessness and lack in proper hygienic condition of processing, storing, transportation and marketing. This ultimately results that the consumer is either cheated or often become victim of diseases. Such types of adulteration are quite common in developing countries or backward countries. It is equally important for the consumer to know the common adulterants and their effect on health.
The increasing number of food producers and the outstanding amount of import foodstuffs enables the producers to mislead and cheat consumers. To differentiate those who take advantage of legal rules from the ones who commit food adulteration is very difficult. The consciousness of consumers would be crucial. Ignorance and unfair market behavior may endanger consumer health and misleading can lead to poisoning. So we need simple screening, tests for their detection.
In the past few decades, adulteration of food has become one of the serious problems. Consumption of adulterated food causes serious diseases like cancer, .diarrhoea., , .asthma., .ulcers., etc. Majority of fats, oils and butter are paraffin wax, castor oil and hydrocarbons. Red chilli powder is mixed with brick powder and pepper is mixed with dried papaya seeds. These adulterants can be easily identified by simple chemical tests.
Several agencies .have been set up by the Government of India to remove adulterants from food stuffs.
AGMARK – acronym for agricultural marketing….this organization certifies food products for their quality. Its objective is to promote the Grading and Standardization of agricultural and allied commodities.
To detect the presence of adulterants in fat, oil and butter. REQUIREMENTS
Test-tube, acetic anhydride, conc. H2SO4, acetic acid, conc. HNO3. PROCEDURE
Common adulterants present in ghee and oil are paraffin wax, hydrocarbons, dyes and argemone oil. These are detected as follows :
(i) Adulteration of paraffin wax and hydrocarbon in vegetable ghee
Heat small amount of vegetable ghee with acetic anhydride. Droplets
of oil floating on the surface of unused acetic anhydride indicates the
presence of wax or hydrocarbons.
(ii) Adulteration of dyes in fat
Heat 1mL of fat with a mixture of 1mL of conc. sulphuric acid and 4mL of acetic acid. Appearance of pink or red colour indicates presence of dye in fat.
(iii) Adulteration of argemone oil in edible oils
To small amount of oil in a test-tube, add few drops of conc. HNO3 and shake. Appearance of red colour in the acid layer indicates presence of argemone oil.
To detect the presence of adulterants in sugar REQUIREMENTS
Test-tubes, dil. HCl.
Sugar is usually contaminated with washing soda and other insoluble substances which are detected as follows :
(i) Adulteration of various insoluble substances in sugar
Take small amount of sugar in a test-tube and shake it with little water. Pure sugar dissolves in water but insoluble impurities do not dissolve.
(ii) Adulteration of chalk powder, washing soda in sugar
To small amount of sugar in a test-tube, add few drops of dil. HCl. Brisk effervescence of CO2 shows the presence of chalk powder or washing soda in the given sample of sugar.
To detect the presence of adulterants in samples of chilli powder, turmeric powder and pepper
Test-tubes, conc. HCl, dil. HNO3, KI solution PROCEDURE
Common adulterants present in chilli powder, turmeric powder and pepper are red coloured lead salts, yellow lead salts and dried papaya seeds respectively. They are detected as follows :
(i) Adulteration of red lead salts in chilli powder
To a sample of chilli powder, add dil. HNO3. Filter the solution and add 2 drops of potassium iodide solution to the filtrate. Yellow ppt. indicates the presence of lead salts in chilli powder.
(ii) Adulteration of yellow lead salts to turmeric powder
To a sample of turmeric powder add conc. HCl. Appearance of magenta colour shows the presence of yellow oxides of lead in turmeric powder.
(iii) Adulteration of brick powder in red chilli powder
Add small amount of given red chilli powder in beaker containing water. Brick powder settles at the bottom while pure chilli powder floats over water.
(iv) Adulteration of dried papaya seeds in pepper
Add small amount of sample of pepper to a beaker containing water and stir with a glass rod. Dried papaya seeds being lighter float over water while pure pepper settles at the bottom.
|Adulteration of||Heat small amount of||Appearance of oil|
|paraffin wax and||vegetable ghee with acetic||floating on the|
|hydrocarbon in||anhydride. Droplets of oil||surface.|
|vegetable ghee||floating on the surface of|
|unused acetic anhydride|
|indicate the presence of wax|
|Adulteration of dyes||Heat 1mL of fat with a||Appearance of pink|
|in fat||mixture of 1mL of conc.||colour.|
|H2SO4 and 4mL of acetic acid.|
|Adulteration of||To small amount of oil in a||No red colour|
|argemone oil in edible||test tube, add few drops of||observed|
|oils||conc. HNO3 & shake.|
|Adulteration of||Take small amount of sugar||Pure sugar|
|various insoluble||in a test tube and shake it||dissolves in water|
|substances in sugar||with little water.||but insoluble|
|impurities do not|
|Adulteration of chalk||To small amount of sugar in a||No brisk|
|powder, washing soda||test tube, add a few drops of||effervescence|
|in sugar||dil. HCl.||observed.|
|Adeulteration of||To sample of turmeric||Appearance of|
|yellow lead salts to||powder, add conc. HCl.||magenta colour|
|Adulteration of red||To a sample of chilli powder,||No yellow ppt.|
|lead salts in chilli||add dil. HNO3. Filter the|
|powder||solution and add 2 drops of|
|KI solution to the filtrate.|
|Adulteration of brick||Add small amount of given||Brick powder settles|
|powder in chilli||red chilli powder in a beaker||at the bottom while|
|powder||containing water.||pure chilli powder|
|floats over water.|
|Adulteration of dried||Add small amount of sample||Dried papaya seeds|
|papaya seeds in||of pepper to beaker||being lighter float|
|pepper||containing water and stir||over water while|
|with a glass rod.||pure pepper settles|
|at the bottom.|
Selection of wholesome and non-adulterated food is essential for daily life to make sure that such foods do not cause any health hazard. It is not possible to ensure wholesome food only on visual examination when the toxic contaminants are present in ppm level. However, visual examination of the food before purchase makes sure to ensure absence of insects, visual fungus, foreign matters, etc. Therefore, due care taken by the consumer at the time of purchase of food after thoroughly examining can be of great help. Secondly, label declaration on packed food is very important for knowing the ingredients and nutritional value. It also helps in checking the freshness of the food and the period of best before use. The consumer should avoid taking food from an unhygienic place and food being prepared under unhygienic conditions. Such types of food may cause various diseases. Consumption of cut fruits being sold in unhygienic conditions should be avoided. It is always better to buy certified food from reputed shop.
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