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Karnataka Government Bans Harmful Food Colors, Turning Cotton Candy White

Karnataka Government Bans Harmful Food Colors, Turning Mysuru's Cotton Candy White

The streets of Mysuru, known for their vibrant and colourful cotton candy, have seen a dramatic change following the Karnataka government’s recent ban on harmful food colours. The ban, which includes substances like Rhodamine-B and Carmoisine used in popular snacks such as gobi manchurian and cotton candy, aims to address health concerns raised by studies indicating their toxicity.

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Children and locals accustomed to the bright pink and blue hues of cotton candy expressed disappointment as their favourite treat turned plain white overnight. The ban, enforced by health officials, has led vendors to remove these harmful colouring agents, shifting towards a natural, uncoloured version of the sweet confection.

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Health authorities emphasized that the move is part of broader efforts to safeguard public health by reducing exposure to potentially hazardous additives. Besides cotton candy, the ban also affects other snacks, notably gobi manchurian, where vibrant colours were previously used to enhance visual appeal.

While the change may initially disappoint consumers accustomed to colourful treats, officials hope that the transition will ultimately contribute to a safer food environment in Mysuru and beyond.

 

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