The Food Standards and Safety Authority of India (FSSAI) is training its attention on the indiscriminate use of food colouring agents in the East Godavari district.
Efforts in this regard have been stepped up following receipt of complaints of excessive use of food colourants.

Recently, food inspection officials followed up a complaint regarding excessive use of food colour in chicken lollipops sold by a particular eatery in Kakinada, only to find, on reaching there, that the food item had been sold out. However, they took a sample of the biryani which was emitting a foul smell, and sent it for testing.

Artificial food colours, like lemon yellow, sunset yellow, metanil yellow, brilliant blue, indigo carmine and orange are being indiscriminately added to biryani and curries by hoteliers, restaurateurs and those who run roadside eateries to make them look attractive, but consumers’ health is being endangered in the process.

Gazetted food inspector B.V.S.R.K. Prasad said, “There is a misconception among a section of Food Business Operators that they can use food colour in preparation of food and sweets to make them more tasty and impressive. But in fact, only confectioners are permitted to use such colours in preparation of sweets.”

Even in sweets, the addition of colours has to be within prescribed limits. Inspections at hotels and sweet shops in Vijayawada revealed excessive use of food colour in Mysore pak and other sweets and FSSAI officials have booked cases against the owners of the errant establishments under the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.


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