Karnataka Prohibits the use of Coloring Agents in Gobi Manchurian and Cotton Candy

On Monday, The Karnataka government implemented a prohibition on the use of synthetic colors in cotton candy and Gobi Manchurian. This decision was made following the discovery of carcinogenic substances in the artificial colors used in food products.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao stated that 171 samples of Gobi Manchurian were collected statewide, revealing artificial colors in 107 samples. Additionally, out of 25 cotton candy samples, 15 were found to contain artificial colors.

According to the results of a survey conducted on February 12, it has been determined that the samples containing artificial colorants are not suitable for consumption according to the Food Safety and Standard Act of 2006 and the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations of 2011.

Cotton Candy, banned coloring agents

According to the results, a directive has been issued to prohibit the use of banned artificial colors, such as Rhoda mine-B, in Gobi Manchurian and cotton candy. The consumption of snacks with these artificial colors could potentially lead to serious health risks, such as cancer. As a result, the health department has implemented this essential measure, stated Rao.

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If any vendor is found to be using these banned artificial colors, it may be subject to a maximum of seven years in prison and a fine of up to Rs 10 lakh.

The government’s efforts to raise awareness about food products containing harmful substances will be ongoing, as the minister emphasizes the importance of individuals being careful about their consumption choices.

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