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Karachi beware! The water and chicken you consume is poisonous

April 3 , 2019

Chicken feed and water samples in Karachi are contaminated by poisonous metals, a research by Karachi University revealed.

The presence of arsenic, pathogenic microorganisms, nitrate and phosphates was found in drinking water in Nazimabad, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Saddar, Shah Faisal and many other areas of the city.

“Seventy-nine per cent of water available in Karachi is unfit for human consumption,” Dr Aamir Alamgir said while on SAMAA TV’s programme Naya Din. The doctor said ‘unbranded’ water bottles also contain harmful elements that can affect children’s memories.

The chicken we eat may be the cause of multiple health problems because the feed given to the chickens is filled with lead and prepared in an unhygienic environment. The contaminated chicken meat and water are acting as “slow poisons”, Pakistan Medical Association Secretary-General Dr Qaiser Sajjad said. He believes that even ‘branded’ water is not safe to drink.

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He said if people in Pakistan get access to safe drinking water, 75 to 80% of the diseases they suffer from would be reduced. People should make smart choices every day on what they consume, he warned.

Dr Sajjad said we should always boil water and cool it down before drinking it. “It is better to drink gutter water than the water that the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board supplies,” he said.

Karachi University has forwarded their research and reports to the authorities to take action.

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3 Comments

  1. Seema Akhtar   April 4, 2019 8:03 pm/ Reply

    We must aware public about these issue and motivate Young children for vegetables

  2. Ibad   April 5, 2019 8:47 pm/ Reply

    I am amazed that these experts haven’t outlined the preventive measures. Boiling water alone couldn’t do anything until it is heated up to 75 degree Celsius for at least two minutes or you can just boil to the point it starts to evaporate instead of taking it from your water dispenser- this is temperature which is scientifically proven to eradicate the bacterial colonies.

    From 5 degree to 65 degree, this is normally called a danger zone for food in food safety and management.

    I hope, our expert might invest more time in educating common public the preventive measures in the light of scientific principles than plainly saying to boil water.

  3. Ibad   April 5, 2019 8:52 pm/ Reply

    Moreover, even the higjest quality of meat is bound to be laden with pathogen within mins on room temperature if it isn’t properly managed and prepared by food safety standard and HACCP assessment.


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