30, Oct 2015
Chandigarh, October 30, 2015
The Editor of a Haryana government magazine, which carries an article mentioning positive effects of beef-eating, has been removed.
The magazine “Shiksha Bharati” has included “beef” besides “veal” (meat of young cows) among four “enhancers” which “directly affect absorption of iron in human body.” The article details the importance of iron as “one of the important micro-nutrient which is required for human body on a daily basis and elaborates on the ill-effects of iron deficiency, its impact on health and various sources of iron.
Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma told reporters that the article “Iron – Vital for strength” was carried in the bi-lingual magazine which contains articles in Hindi and English and is published and printed by “President, Shiksha Lok Society-cum-Director, Secondary Education” from the office of Director, Secondary Education, Haryana, Panchkula. He said that the Editor of the magazine clarified that the article was carried as it was based on a scientific report.
Beef was mentioned along with lamb, veal and pork as enhancers with other animal food in the article. We said that it should not have been published in the Haryana magazine. We have removed the Editor of the magazine,” Mr. Sharma said adding further action in the matter will follow later.