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Cotton Candy Soon To Be Banned In Karnataka

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The Karnataka government is considering a ban on cotton candy, a beloved treat among children. This move follows similar bans in Tamil Nadu and Goa, as concerns rise over the presence of Rhodamine-B, a known carcinogenic ingredient, in the colorful confectionery.

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The Karnataka government’s decision stems from alarming reports revealing the use of sugar with excessive color and chemical additives in cotton candy, posing potential health risks to consumers. Notably, Rhodamine-B, identified as a carcinogen, has been found in samples collected from street vendors across the state, including the bustling city of Bangalore.

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The textile dye, Rhodamine-B, was initially detected in cotton candy in Tamil Nadu, prompting Puducherry and Tamil Nadu to impose bans on its production and sale. Now, with evidence of this harmful ingredient, Karnataka joins the fray in considering a comprehensive ban on cotton candy.

Dr. Harishwara, Joint Commissioner of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in Karnataka, emphasized the seriousness of the issue, stating, “Samples of cotton candy have been collected from various locations, and a decision on its ban will be made after the test results.”

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Randeep, Health Commissioner, confirmed the initiation of cotton candy sample collection, adding, “We will analyze the results and assess the necessary steps from the health Commissionerate as well.”

The concern revolves around the use of Rhodamine-B, not only in cotton candy but also in various other food items such as jellies, candies, and unexpectedly, even chili powder, for its vibrant red color. Dr. Vivek Belathur, Senior Consultant Medical Oncology at Fortis Hospital, shed light on the risks associated with Rhodamine-B, emphasizing its link to cancer.


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