A Penalty of Rs 10 lakh is Imposed by Karnataka for Adding Artificial Colors to Certain Food Items

On Monday, the Karnataka health department issued a ban on the use of artificial colors in the making of kebabs, whether vegetarian, fish, or chicken.

Those found breaking this order could be subject to imprisonment for up to seven years and a fine of up to ₹10 lakh, as per the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.

After discovering harmful artificial colors in kebab samples that could pose a significant risk to consumers’ well-being, the Karnataka branch of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has decided to address this issue.

The Food Safety and Quality Department has reported that the kebabs being sold in the state have been deemed ‘poor’ in quality due to the presence of artificial colors, which could potentially harm public health.

Following media coverage, samples of kebabs sold throughout the state were gathered and analyzed in state laboratories.

Artificial Colors, Banned in Karnataka

The department issued an official order on June 21, stating that out of the 39 samples collected and tested in laboratories, eight were seen as unsafe due to the presence of artificial colors. Sunset Yellow was found in seven samples, while another sample contained both Sunset Yellow and Carmoisine.

To prioritize the well-being of our residents, the Karnataka Government has implemented a prohibition on the utilization of synthetic dyes in Vegetarian, Chicken, and Fish Kebabs.

Dinesh Gundu Rao stated that the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011 Act prohibits the use of harmful artificial colors.

He also mentioned that strict measures will be taken against restaurants that are discovered to be using these chemicals in food preparation. This statement was made about the recent ban on artificial food coloring in kebabs.


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