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Why did Karnataka ban the use of artificial colors in kebabs?

Why did Karnataka ban the use of artificial colors in kebabs?

Why did Karnataka ban the use of artificial colors in kebabs?

The Karnataka government has issued a state-wide ban on the use of artificial colors in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian kebabs. The decision follows similar bans on popular dishes such as ‘Gobi Manchurian’ and ‘Cotton Candy’, highlighting growing concerns over food safety and quality standards.

The directive, announced in an official order on June 21, upholds the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006. According to the order, any violation of this regulation can lead to severe penalties, including imprisonment from seven years to life and fines. to Rs 10 lakh.

The decision was prompted by the findings of the state’s Food Safety and Quality department, which conducted rigorous tests on samples of kebabs sold in Karnataka. Shockingly, of the 39 samples analyzed, eight were deemed unsafe due to the presence of artificial dyes, particularly Sunset Yellow and Carmoisine.

Artificial colors, widely used to enhance the appearance of food products, have been linked to various health risks, including allergies and hyperactivity in children. The department’s report pointed out that the use of such additives poses a serious threat to public health and directly violates food safety regulations.

According to Rule 16 of the Food Safety and Standards (Standards for Food and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011, the use of artificial colors in kebabs is expressly prohibited. This regulation is part of broader efforts to ensure that food products meet strict quality standards before they reach consumers.

Announcing the decision, in a post on X (formerly twitter), Karnataka Health Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao said: “The Food Safety and Standards (Food Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011 prohibit the use of harmful artificial colors . Food vendors violating the rule will be dealt with serious action, including 7 years in jail and a fine of up to 10 lakh.