Spices Board India (Under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt of India) has recently directed the exporters to destroy all consignments of spices which were found contaminated with Sudan Dyes. The sampling and testing of the stock was done prior to the shipments to the global market.
The products were found adulterated with the banned substances like synthetic materials, pesticide residue etc upon sampling analysis. The Spices Board does not want to compromise with the quality standards hence ordered for destroying of all consignments which were failed on testing parameters.
Some of the exporters had demanded for the re-sampling of the consignments but the Spices Board is learned to have declined their requests and wants all contaminated material to be disposed off withing 15 days in the presence of the officials from FSSAI.
Sudan Dyes are the banned substances and there are already global concerns for their usage in spices especially in chilli and chilli products for the enhancement and maintaining the color. Already there have been concerns with the Sudan Dye contamination in the spices originated from India in the past.
Sudan Dyes are meant to be used for the coloring of plastics and synthetic materials but now they are being used as coloring agents in food like red chili and other products. Sudan dyes have been identified as carcinogenic for human and can lead to severe health hazards.
The usage of non-authentic substances in food items is strictly prohibited under the Indian law and the same applies to export oriented units. Any violation of the provisions of FSS Act/Rules & Regulations is liable for penalties and may invite prosecution.