Why has Karnataka banned certain colouring agents? | Explained

Syllabus: GS-III, Subject: Science & Technology, Topic: Medical science and Health, Issue: Food color

Context: Karnataka became the third State in South India to ban the use of certain coloring agents in cotton candy and gobi manchurian.

Harmful Chemicals:

  • Rhodamine-b, a suspected carcinogen,is prohibited in food products.
  • Tartrazine is permitted only in specific packed foods in prescribed amounts.
  • The Food Safety Commissioner under Rule 16 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, notified the ban on harmful chemicals.

The way ahead:

  • Raise awareness among manufacturers and advise consumer caution regarding artificial colors in food.
  • Advocate minimal consumption of food items containing artificial colors.
  • Random inspections for compliance with legal regulations.
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