||The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Friday flagged reports of rampant adulteration of food marketed in Kerala and noted that they were worrisome. Acting chairperson, SHRC, P. Mohandas said unscrupulous traders palmed off fish preserved using toxic chemicals, chiefly formaldehyde, on unsuspecting buyers as a fresh catch. The quality of edible oil, rice, tea, milk, confectionery and bottled water sold in the State was suspicious. Pesticide residue was a perennial problem in farm-grown vegetables retailed in local markets. Random tests had shown bacteria and other harmful substances in packaged drinking water.