The Hush Post: Are we eating vegetables and fruits injected with oxytocin? Many of us could be at times. The bigger the vegetable, more suspicious one should be. And that is what apparently has come to light after a seizure of oxytocin injections in Bathinda.
Punjab police officials and the health department seized 70,000 injections of oxytocin, a happiness hormone from a house in Partap Nagar in Bathinda on Friday evening.
The misuse of oxytocin, whose manufacture and sale is banned in the private sector, is used clandestinely in the dairy industry where livestock are injected with it to milk them more than is naturally possible.
Oxytocin is also alternately used to increase the size of vegetables such as pumpkins, watermelons, brinjals, gourds and cucumbers. Its frequent use causes hormonal imbalance in animals. An accused, Raj Kumar, was booked for cheating under section 420 of the IPC and under the Indian Medical Council Act at the Colony police station. DSP City-I Gurjit Singh Romana said that 70,000 injections have been recovered and the recovered quantity is about 459-litre as per a report which appeared in The Hindustan Times.
“Around 25,000 vials bear labels of oxytocin, but the rest are without any label. The accused had purchased the oxytocin from a man at Hooghly in West Bengal. It is manufactured in Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh,” Romana added.
In April, the Centre had banned the manufacture and sale of oxytocin by the private sector.