Tamil Nadu bans cotton candy sale over cancer concerns

Cotton candy sales banned in Tamil Nadu as cancer-causing chemicals found; Health minister directs strict measures by food safety officers.

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First Published17 Feb 2024
Tamil Nadu Health Minister M Subramanian has ordered all food safety officers to take required measures and strict action.
Tamil Nadu Health Minister M Subramanian has ordered all food safety officers to take required measures and strict action.(Photo via Pixabay)

The Tamil Nadu government has implemented a ban on the sale of cotton candy after test reports revealed the presence of cancer-inducing chemicals. State health minister M Subramanian also ordered food safety officers to take required measures and strict action.

According to reports, the Food Analysis Laboratory found the compound Rhodamine-B in various confectionaries as well as cotton candy. The textile dye imparts a vibrant, fluorescent-tinted pink-to-red hue and is used extensively in textiles, inks, and cosmetics. The chemical is however toxic for humans and can cause cancer.

The development also comes mere days after Tamilisai Soundararajan issued a similar order for Puducherry. The Lieutenant Governor said officials had been directed to inspect shops selling cotton candy and undertake seizures if Rhodamine-B is found in their products. She also warned people against giving "food items having colour additives" to children.

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According to data shared on the US government-run National Library of Medicine website, Rhodamine-B ingestion can lead to “oxidative stress, injury, increase in cell apoptosis and brainstem”. The substance often enters the body when mixed with food.

“The use of Rhodamine B in food for a long time leads to liver dysfunction or cancer, and when exposed to large amounts over a short period, it results in acute poisoning,” a research paper available on the site adds. 

While it's use is restricted in several parts of the world, Rhodamine-B is also used as the colorant in food items such as chili powder and chili oil. B

By itself the chemical can irritate the nose and throat when inhaled. Contact can irritate and burn the skin and eyes with possible eye damage. Exposure to Rhodamine-B (also known as CI Food Red 15) can cause headache, nausea and vomiting.

(With inputs from agencies)

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