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US lab reports suggests alarming Cyanide levels in Indian salt brands

26th June 2019

American West Analytical Laboratories, United States of America stated in its report that the high profile salt brands selling processed iodised salt in Indian market contain some carcinogenic components like cyanide at harmful levels. This was conveyed after conducting tests on numerous salt brands like Tata salt, Sambhar Refined Salt etc. and the concentration of cyanide found in them was 1.85mg/kg and 4.71mg/kg respectively.

Shiv Shankar Gupta, chairman, Godhum Grains and Farm Product took this initiative for conducting the tests on various salt brands in India after knowing that many of the big manufacturers are just repackaging industrial waste containing harmful chemicals like cyanide and iodine and selling them as edible salt, making people prone to harmful diseases like high BP, kidney failure, cancer, obesity and hyperthyroidism.

It is well known that cyanide is a dangerous poison and this along with iodine is used to refine salt. Hazardous method like bleaching is used for this purpose. All of this is due to negligence of the government and greed of the industry.

Right to Information (RTI) also revealed that no manufacturer is registered with FSSAI and no testing is done.

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