Food Safety News – India updates – Nov – 28


55000 bags of adulterated Chilli powser seized

In the biggest seizures of its kind, a special joint task force of Agricultural Market Committee, Guntur, Vigilance, Food safety officers have seized 55,000 bags of adulterated chilli powder stacked in cold storages across the district.

With the large scale seizures, the reputation of famed Guntur chilli powder is in tatters and the chilli exports could take a hit.AMC Chairman Mannam Subba Rao said that the raids have revealed that low quality chilli powder laced with dangerous chemical extracts is being supplied for mass public consumption.

A vigilance probe earlier brought some shocking facts about the chilli trade in Guntur. Local traders have been found to be colluding with those manufacturing low quality chilli powder made by crushing stems of low quality chilli used as an additive in furnaces in China.

This powder is again mixed with dangerous chemical extract made of low quality, discoloured chillis, red oxide and cooking oil. Further investigations revealed that the powder is made at a unit in Khammam. The powder known in local parlance as “Chineese powder,” is being exported to China for use as a additive in furnaces.

“This adulterated chilli powder could prove fatal for those consuming it. This chilli powder is being repacked and supplied to hostels and hotels etc. We have seized 77 samples in raids so far and basing on the test results, we will take further action,’’ Mr. Subba Rao said.


Salt samples sent to lab for testing

With a video showing the colour of cooked rice turning blue after addition of salt distributed through the public distribution system(PDS) going viral on social media, the Department of Food and Civil Supplies has sent the salt samples to laboratory for testing.
It is said that the video was captured in Sagar taluk. Sadashivappa, Assistant Director, Department of Food and Civil Supplies, said that, at present, double fortified iodized salt is being distributed through PDS.
There will be slight change in the colour of the rice after addition of the salt and the information in this regard is printed on the salt packets.
The authorities have confirmed that the change in colour will not cause any health problem, he said.
Though there was no complaint from the public on the quality of salt supplied to them in the wake of the video going viral on social media, a few packets of salt from ration shops in Sagar taluk have been sent to laboratory for analysis, he said.
A. Krishnappa, District Food Safety Officer, said that the samples of salt have been sent to the State Food and Water Testing Laboratory at the Public Health Institute in Bengaluru for testing.

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