India’s food industry is looking to “sustain, sustainable” packaging processes, after a report suggested that some “superfoods” could be contaminated with the deadly fungus anthrax.
The report said that “super food” contamination in India’s agricultural sector is “a serious risk” that can be overcome through the use of a “sustainable” process that reduces the amount of water required to process grains.
It cited a study by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) that estimated that “approximately 1% of the food produced in India is contaminated with anthrax, which has a mortality rate of approximately one person per 100,000.”
India’s Food Security and Food Security Minister Suresh Kumar told a news conference in New Delhi that the government is looking into whether to “regulate” “super-foods,” which are processed foods that contain “higher quantities of nutrients and are produced in a way that minimally involves water and fertilizers,” the AP reported.
According to the report, the report said “super foods” contain more protein, fiber and antioxidants than “regular food products.”
“These superfoods are often not properly cooked or are prepared with a high amount of sodium, iron, and nutrients that are not available in normal food,” it said.
“The superfood is also a potential source of food borne illness in humans, particularly infants and young children, and the risk of foodborne illness is high,” the report added.
The Indian government said the report is an “insult” to the nation, the AP reports.
India’s Ministry of Agriculture said that it has taken measures to protect the food and food safety of its “super” food, according to AP.
“All the products we import are processed under stringent standards, which means that the food has to be processed according to the strictest standards.
We have a strict control of water usage and use, and we have also increased the production capacity,” said the Ministry of Food and Consumer Affairs spokesperson Ashok Khemka.