JAIPUR: You must be aware of benefits of but before you chew it, take a careful look at it. Health department officials on Thursday unearthed a processing unit at (VKI), which was converting inferior quality of almonds into good ones by using , almond-shell and yellow mud.
Intense cold condition has increased the sale of almonds, which has directly given rise to its demand in the market. Cashing in on the increasing demand, a processing unit in VKI was busy making inferior quality almonds look good by using chemicals when health department’s wing raided it.
“We were shocked to see that they were using paste of shell dust, yellow mud and hydro peroxide in the processing unit. Just like plastering old walls by using cement and other construction material, the workers at the processing unit were using paste of inedible yellow mud and almond shell dust to fill the holes in almonds, which had been eaten by small mites,” said a health department official.
The officials said that they were using hydro peroxide as bleaching agent for giving inferior quality almonds a glaze like new ones. “When we raided the unit, they hid the hydro peroxide. We found it after a search,” official said.