It Worries Me and Makes Me Wonder.

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2007/03/green-thumb.jpg It’s been a long while since we have seen peas, funnel seeds, cardamom or lentils in their original color, all which is available is heavily coated in non edible colors. Also when it comes to garlic, the one available in the local market if grinded turns Turquoise within a few hours indicating the presence of chemicals used to make it look fresh and weigh more, also ginger in being dipped in acid and bleach which makes it heavy and white from the outside. At the end every thing looks good and assures that our doctors won’t ever run out of patients.

But the story does not end here, yesterday a worker of a famous sweet mart reveled to me that many famous food stores use minced intestines to make beef Samosa, the chicken corn soup is made out of the chicken feet, and dead chicken is supplied to several Snack bars to end up as Chicken Tikka or chicken sandwiches etc..

It’s evident that every single item in this city is adulterated in one way or the other, our farmers don’t know how to maintain the quality of their harvest so when the traders see that the harvest they bought is not too good looking to be sold in a city like Karachi they give it a toxic makeup also they don’t refrain going a few steps further to make some extra bucks out of it like the treatment they give to the beef to make it weigh more, after slaughtering the cow a hose is fixed to it’s esophagus and it’s other end is attached to a pump which pumps water into the slaughtered cow making it waterlogged, anyone can guess what kind of water they are using for this. Such meat is called pressure_meat “Presure Ka Goshat” but they just wont tell you what they have done with the cow after it died, but the truth will surface it’s self only if you leave the meat in your freezer and defrost it a few day later it is when you will notice the fowl smell and discoloration.

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2007/03/green1-thumb.jpgA few months back I came to know that a leading confectioner and chips manufacturer has been importing potatoes form china to maintain the quality of his leading brand, yesterday when I went to a vegetable vendor I spotted this bag, it was filled with potatoes imported from china, several other bags filled with ginger and garlic were also there. I bought some of every one of these three items, the ginger is dry all the way to it’s core proving that no chemicals were used to make it heavier. I had grinded the garlic last night and the garlic paste is still white, and the potatoes which I had turned into fries are all turned out perfect, not a single potato was too sweet, or rotten from the inside.

These people (criminals) have to realize that people of this city know what quality is, they cant fool anyone by painting the peas to a bright green, in fact there are just making a huge space for a demand of pure edibles which many other countries can happily fill in. Sadly it will make the people at the root level to suffer the most.

With imported sugar in my cupper, and fries too carved out of imported potato I wonder how I would find my self pure, unadulterated enables in this part of the town.

20 Comments so far

  1. d0ct0r (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 2:29 am

    crushed red bricks mixed in red chilli powder, water/excessive ice being added to milk, certain pluses mixed with inferior qualities meant for feeding animals, intestine of slaughtered animals filled with water at high speed so that it weighs more, black pepper being soaked in black colorant starch mixed in milk to make it look more viscous & thick(one of the leading tetra pack branded milk was doing that) and the list goes on…….


  2. Neena (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 7:45 am

    Jamash,

    Not everyone is as smart as you are. Authorities need to take care of this stuff but I guess all are too busy with looting both hands. Such is a life when people are forced to live under unelected or should I say selected people. Good thing you are voicing it out. Hope other media outlets too take notice of such criminal actives which are harmful to public health.


  3. MB (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 8:05 am

    @JAMASH
    Nena is right. I am one of the those who don’t know much about this. Please spread the word and also how to find out the real and the fake.

    Consumer rights are a dead subject in Pakistan. We need to highlight them. I had once decided to post a consumer right related issue when i saw Hamid Maker on ARY ONE WORLD interview and i called them and asked them for the video. It was very very info based, but couldn’t succeed. I request you to try and see if you can get hold of it.

    or another person if he/she can.

    @D0ctor
    You should share more technical info.


  4. IB (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 10:24 am

    Nice post, KMB authers are doing a great job in blog journalism, but pls don’t make this only a peace of news that only frustates its users (bcoz they can not do any thing other than remain angry), let us give readers some remedies to the problems which we point out. One remedy is to announce the names (if you are sure ofcourse) of ‘famous sweet mart’ name of that ‘one of the leading tetra pack branded milk’ (doctor).


  5. fAr stAr (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 12:11 pm

    Neena, MB: u ppl saying that all this adulteration and fault play has only started in this regime or any other unelected/selected regime. i dont think so. adulteration is inbound in human nature. and the clearest of the example is not believing in the Wholesomeness and Purity of the Creator. So it has been practiced right from the beginning. the role of government is to stop this practice and i agree that they’ve failed to do so. i also agree with IB, we have to announce the names publicly so that they can save themselves.


  6. d0ct0r (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 12:26 pm

    one which uses the jingle “sub say ghara dhood” in its ads…


  7. Jamash (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 12:49 pm

    Most samosa makers are using intestines for their product, naming a single one will be wrong, the meat is around Rs.120 per kg, I think it will makes around 30 samosas, add a bit more spices and green coriander and onions to make 50 according to this only the filling is costing Rs 2.5 per Samosa, adding in the Wong_tong wrappers to wrap the meat mix, oil, gas and labor charges and all… there is no way they can afford to sell a samosa for Rs.4.

    the best way to know if your samosa is meat or intestine is as follows:

    “Empty the content of the samosa, rinse it with water using a tea strainer, the rubbery particles you find are all intestines, the hard white ones are cartilaginous bones and the ones which are soft and brown and would mesh into even more tiny particles are actual meet.”


  8. fAr stAr (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 1:08 pm

    @d0ct0r:
    sab say garha doodh “HALEEB”…so if it is Haleeb, then why r u reluctant to tell its name. Do u work for that company or what?


  9. BoZz (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 1:41 pm

    Frederick Douglass said it more than a century ago, a description of our predicament that fits all to well.

    “Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”


  10. d0ct0r (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 3:29 pm

    @fAr stAr i dun work for `em i just know their legal team which is on a fat payroll and has a history of hardly loosing any case…


  11. d0ct0r (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 3:32 pm

    if you watch these samosa makers kneading the dough then you’ll vomit.. they do it by their foot.. coz its not humanly possible to do it by hands..


  12. karachiite (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 3:32 pm

    aargh.. I think i’ll never be able to eat thele ke samosay!!!

    this is sick.. who’ll take an action against all of this???


  13. d0ct0r (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 3:38 pm

    @karachiite consumer power… public awareness is the only option left..


  14. fAr stAr (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

    @d0ct0r: so u r afraid of speaking the truth. or u r not speaking the truth.


  15. d0ct0r (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 6:20 pm

    @fAr stAr one has to be cautious at times..


  16. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 10:49 pm

    This post should reach masses. Jamash can you forward this post to ‘Letters to the Editor’ DAWN or any leading newspaper. Omar are you here?


  17. Sherry (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 7:43 pm

    In Toronto much of our produce is imported from outside of our province and it comes genetically modified or glazed with heavy duty pesticides. So, if you don’t wash fruits & veggies before consumption you will eventually accumulate a significant amount of toxins in your bloodstream causing illness down the line.

    So, Many people, including myself, in the city choose to buy organic fruits and veggies, free of pesticdes and grown in totally natural dirt right here in Ontario. Also organic foods are three times more expensive than non-organic produce. And with constant growth in the rate of pretty much every disease ( cancer, heart disease, blood pressure, diabetes, obesity etc) those that are health conscious will drop major cash when it comes to eating organic and taking a plethora of vitamins and but only one thing is for sure–you’re gonna die.

    I don’t know where that came from.

    Do what my Grandma used to say-
    read bismillah and all is good


  18. Sherry (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 7:46 pm

    In Toronto much of our produce is imported from outside of our province and it comes genetically modified or glazed with heavy duty pesticides. So, if you don’t wash fruits & veggies before consumption you will eventually accumulate a significant amount of toxins in your bloodstream causing illness down the line.

    So, Many people, including myself, in the city choose to buy organic fruits and veggies, free of pestcides and grown in totally natural dirt right here in Ontario. Also organic foods are three times more expensive than non-organic produce. And with constant growth in the rate of pretty much every disease ( cancer, heart disease, blood pressure, diabetes, obesity etc) those that are health conscious will drop major cash when it comes to eating organic and taking a plethora of vitamins and but only one thing is for sure–you’re gonna die.

    I don’t know where that came from.

    My Grandma used to say-
    read Bismillah and all is good. I hope that’s true.


  19. Sherry (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 7:49 pm

    In Toronto much of our produce is imported from outside of our province and it comes genetically modified or glazed with heavy duty pesticides. So, if you don’t wash fruits & veggies before consumption you will eventually accumulate a significant amount of toxins in your bloodstream causing illness down the line.

    So, Many people, including myself, in the city choose to buy organic fruits and veggies, free of pestcides and grown in totally natural dirt right here in Ontario. Also organic foods are three times more expensive than non-organic produce. And with constant growth in the rate of pretty much every disease ( cancer, heart disease, blood pressure, diabetes, obesity etc) those that are health conscious will drop major cash when it comes to eating organic and taking a plethora of vitamins and but only one thing is for sure–you’re gonna die.

    I don’t know where that came from.

    My Grandma used to say-
    read Bismillah and all is good. I hope that’s true.


  20. Sherry (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 7:51 pm

    what the hellll?



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