Author: Bhuvnesh Shukla, Student at Bennett University, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh
Adulteration is the fraudulent addition of another substance to boost the sale or profit of that drug. The Oxford dictionary defines it as making some substance impure by adding any impurities or removing a vital component. It refers to a decrease in the quality of food items caused by the inclusion of foreign chemicals. An adulterant is a material that is added to a food item to lower its quality in order to increase its amount. Mustard, for example, is almost always adulterated with flour or argemone seed; pepper, on the other hand, is heavily adulterated with meal or starch, gypsum, and dirt of any type to add bulk and weight.