Rhodamine B banned in gobi manchurian and cotton candy

The Karnataka government has issued a ban on the use of artificial colours, specifically Rhodamine B, in 'gobi manchurian' and 'cotton candy' due to their adverse effects on public health, particularly on children.

Rhodamine B (RhB) is a chemical compound commonly employed in synthetic dyes for colouring silk, jute, leather, cotton, and wool, as well as in the cosmetics and plastics industries.

This compound is frequently used as a food colourant, particularly in items like chilli powder and chilli oil due to its low cost.

Despite its widespread use, there have been accumulating reports indicating potential health hazards, including skin and eye irritation, respiratory issues, and debated carcinogenicity.

Rhodamine B is not permitted to be added to food items under the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulation, 2011.