Thursday, February 10, 2011

SYNTHETIC FOOD COLOURS AND ITS SERIOUS ILL-EFFECTS.

 SYNTHETIC FOOD COLOURS -Synthetic food colours impart colour and attraction on the food items. (Eg: Jangiri will be orange coloured).
                                    Natural Food Colours                                       
                                     Beta-carotene 
                                     Chlorophyll
                                     Riboflavin
                                     Caramel
                                     Annato
                                     Saffron
                                     Curcumin(or Turmeric)
                        are some natural food colours allowed for use in food stuffs.

                                   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.

3 comments:

sakthi said...

Thank you.Eventhough synthetic food colours are not giving any taste to the food our people are being font of them.so importance should be given to the basic food safety system from the school education and it should be developed step by step among the school children.

FOOD said...

Good suggestions. Thanks a lot

Mitra said...

YOU know even the use of permitted synthetic food colours in or upon any food other than those enumerated below is prohibited:-
(a) Ice cream, milk lollies, frozen dessert, flavoured milk, yoghurt, ice-cream mix powder;
(b) Biscuits including biscuit wafer, pastries, cakes, confectionery, thread candies, sweets, savouries (dal moth, mongia, phulgulab, sago papad, dal biji only)
(c) Peas, strawberries and cherries in hermatically sealed containers, preserved or processed papaya, canned tomato juice, fruit syrup, fruit squash, fruit cordial, jellies, jam, marmalade,
candied crystallised or glazed fruits;
(d) Non-alcoholic carbonated and non-carbonated ready-to serve synthetic beverages including synthetic syrups, sherbets, fruit bar, fruit beverages, fruit drinks, synthetic soft drink concentrates;
(e) Custard powder;
(f) Jelly crystal and ice candy
(g) Flavour emulsion and flavour paste for use in carbonated or non-carbonated beverage only under label declaration.
Although many rules came into existance adulteration doesnt come to an end. So we by knowing about adulteration should unite against adulteration and create awareness.Can know more about adulteration through:
http://www.foodadulterationinfo.com/