The Commissionerate of Food and Drug Administration has directed food safety teams to check the sale of open or loose powdered spices, condiments and salt for any contaminants.
According to K.S. Pannu, Commissioner, Food Safety, “Under the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulation, 2006, no person can sell powdered spices and condiments except “under packed condition”. Therefore, all teams have been directed to be vigilant and to ensure that open and loose spices, condiments and salt are not to be sold in their respective areas of jurisdiction and to take action against the defaulters”.
He said it was common for ground spices to be adulterated with artificial colours, chalk powder, colour husks etc. The intake of adulterated spices can cause many health issues and diseases. So, food safety teams have been directed to check the sale of unpackaged and grounded spices, penalising if found guilty.