Food Colour Standards in India`
People use very dangerous synthetic colors for the sake of making money.Even the pale yellow jalebi is enriched with sunset yellow , a potent carcinogen. Most of the compounds that impart color are nitrogenous compounds which contain nitrogen. Most of the nitrogen containing compounds can cause cancer.
Red colors are azo dyes and is again a potent carcinogen. Tartrazine is another carcinogen that is again used in bakery items.
As mentioned by Vijaya we have no color standards. I could see a company in Kinfra Park Kochi who is making purely natural colors. But their colors are very costly. Unless the govt involves and prohibits the selling and using of synthetic colors we have to start only cancer hospitals instead of other developmental institutions more
I have also suggested not to buy coloured food items, sweets, confectioneries. So do you think I am referring to krishnadwayipayan vedam vyas era. more
The standards are there which were formulated over a period of time and has undergone many changes. Food n drug Dept.have copied many such standards from other nations. We don't have our own standards with respect to Indian context. Early days all such colors were manufactured from coltar, then in recent years the so called natural food colours came in the market. India being a wast country n simple excuse about manpower has led to many unhealthy practices. Just for example the so called food colour Metanil Yellow, largely used food colour which also has adverse effects if used in higher quantity than the prescribed limits. But as said here by a member the users or the sweetshops owners have their cooks without any education.
It is always advisable to only buy n consume any food products or sweets, confectioneries without colours.
Local circle can start the awareness and movement about not to purchase any coloured food products.
If you read on the packets of such food items printed with. FSSAI numbers n the ingredients you will find permissible food colours, preservatives, emulsifiers etc. Who can make head and tail about any such information, n who bothers to read it all. Many synthetic colouring agents are probably carcinogenic if consumed daily and in certain quantity, particularly children. Prevention is better than cure. more