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FSSAI Cracks Down on Pesticides and Colouring Agents in Tea

Fssai Cracks Down On Pesticides And Colouring Agents In Tea

With the onset of monsoon, the charm of enjoying a roadside dhaba tea may soon diminish. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is scrutinizing tea dust and leaves for high levels of pesticides and toxic food colouring agents like Rhodamine-B and Carmoisine. These additives, found in tea during processing, pose serious health risks, including cancer.

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The Karnataka health ministry plans a major crackdown on tea plantations using excessive pesticides. Recent tests on 48 samples from North Karnataka districts like Bagalkote, Bidar, and Huballi revealed alarmingly high pesticide levels. The state aims to enforce strict regulations to protect consumers’ health.

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Health Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao emphasized the focus on banning harmful substances rather than the foods themselves. This approach follows the previous ban on toxic colouring agents in street foods like gobi manchurian and kebabs.

The crackdown is part of a broader effort to raise awareness about food safety. Violations of these regulations can result in severe penalties, including imprisonment and hefty fines.

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