Natural Food Colours:
With regards to Synthetic food Colurs, we use :
Ponceau 4R, Carmoisine&Erythrosine to get RED colour.
Tartrazine, Sunset Yellow to get YELLOW colour
Indigo Carmine, Brilliant Blue to get BLUE colour
Fast Green FCF to get GREEN colour.
which are permitted to be used in food preparations as per the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act,1954 and Rules,1955.
Even the permitted food colours are allowed to be used in restricted quantities only.(100 PPM). What we see in the showcases of Bus stand sweetstalls and in Laala shops, are entirely against this Act & rules. But, as per the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act,1954, even the permitted colours should not be used in excess of the permitted levels. Moreover, synthetic food colours are not permitted to be used in savories.
THINK IT OVER: Would we like purchase white coloured "Andhra murukku" or "Colourless Jangiri" from the showcases of sweet stalls? We are font of the slow poisons(Synthetic food colours). Better late than never to wake up! We should educate our children about the serious ill-effects of synthetic food colours. If not, our children may curse us in future.SERIOUS ILL-EFFECTS:
Synthetic food colours starts its job with stomach upsets, gastritis,intestinal ulcers leading to Carcinoma stomach. Because, traders use cheaper non-permitted food colours to make more profit. The present law before us is the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act,1954 and the Prevention of Food Adulteration Rules,1955. When a Food Inspector detects adulteration and take legal action against the offenders, the above said law provides for imposing six months simple imprisonment and a fine of Rupees one thousand, which may shoot upto life sentence and enhanced fine amount depending upon the gravity of the offence. Thevendor, distributor and the manufacturer are all liable to prosecuted under this law.
Synthetic food colours are highly carcinogenic. Let's avoid synthetic food colours, whether it may be permitted or non-permitted colours. We are not to test them for their category every time before we eat them.