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Coloring agents in Food UPSC NOTE

 Why in News

  • Karnataka became the third State in South India to ban the use of certain colouring agents in cotton candy and gobi manchurian that are found to be harmful. 

  • The decision follows similar steps taken in Tamil Nadu and Goa, and came after a survey by the Public Health Department that showed the presence of harmful chemicals present in the food samples.

  • These agents making food unsafe for consumption. 

  • The government has also clarified that there is no ban on making cotton candy as long as these colouring agents are not used.

What were the harmful chemicals banned?

  • In India, there isn't a blanket ban on all coloring agents in food. 

  • The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India regulates their use

Banned coloring agent,

  • Rhodamine B - This is a red dye considered a potential carcinogen and is not permitted in any food products.

  • Restricted coloring agents: Tartrazine and Sunset Yellow.

  • These are synthetic colors allowed in limited quantities and for specific food items only, as determined by FSSAI.

  • The recent ban in the state of Karnataka specifically targeted the use of these coloring agents:

  • Cotton candy: The ban applies to Rhodamine B, which was found in some samples.

  • Gobi Manchurian: This dish faces restrictions on Tartrazine usage.

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