Karnataka Government Bans Food Coluring In Kebabs; Imposes Fine Of 10 Lakhs
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The health department of Karnataka state took the decision to impose a ban on the usage of artificial food colouring in kebabs made with vegetables, fish and chicken – following the bans imposed on items such as cotton candy and gobi manchurian. The state’s Food Safety and Quality Department collected 39 samples from across the state, following reports of poor quality food being sold to consumers. Results from the sample testing concluded that eight out of the total number were deemed unsafe due to the usage of hazardous dyes like Sunset Yellow in seven of them and Carmosine in the eighth.

The official order, which was issued on June 21 stated that any violations committed under Rule 59 of the Food Safety and Quality Act of 2006 will lead to a fine imposition of 10 lakh Rupees as well as imprisonment for a period of seven years or life. Since artificial food colouring have been deemed as possessing fatal consequences to human health, Karnataka’s Health Minister Dinesh Gundurao has warned about stringent enforcement of action.

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The official statement read, “As the use of any artificial colours is not permitted under Rule 16.0 of The Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011, the authority has exercised the powers conferred under Rule 30(2)(a) of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, to ban the use of any artificial colours in the preparation of veg/chicken/fish and other kebabs.”