Mumbai: BMC finds 75 % of lemon juice samples unsafe for consumption

As Mumbai is reeling under the scorching heat and humidity, the demand for the fruit drinks have increased. The roadside vendors, to make business are compromising the health of Mumbaikars. The BMC now plans to continue the action throughout the summer


Mumbaikars Beware! If you are planning to sip a glass of lemon juice on the roadside, to beat the scorching summer heat, then think twice. The roadside lemon juice can make you sick.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) collected around 200 samples of lemon juice from the roadside sellers. After testing, only 47 samples were found to be fit for drinking. Which means over 75 % of samples were found not safe for consumption.

While talking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Padmaja Keskar, Executive Health Officer of the BMC, said, “Our officers collected 200 samples across the 24 wards in the city. Of which, around 47 samples were found to be safe for drinking.”

The BMC swung into action, after a video, where a lemon juice vendor was preparing the lemon juice in an unhygienic way, had gone viral. After the video, the Central Railway authorities have banned the sale of lemon juice on the platforms. Taking a cue from the action, the BMC has begun cracking down the unhygienic juice vendors.

As Mumbai is reeling under the scorching heat and humidity, the demand for the juices has increased. The vendors, to make business do not take the health of Mumbaikars into account.

“The BMC has also taken samples of the ice, which the vendors use for making the juice. As high as 80 % of the samples were found to be contaminated,” added Dr Keskar.

The BMC has appealed the citizens not to consume the roadside lemon or any other juice, as it might harm your health.

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