sellers who possess a quality certificate from the food safety department are exempted, allowing them to continue selling cotton candy.
Puducherry authorities have taken a decisive step to prohibit the sale of cotton candy within the region following the discovery of toxic chemicals used in its production. The ban, announced by Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, comes as a precautionary measure to safeguard public health, particularly that of children.
The decision to ban cotton candy stems from concerns over the presence of toxic substances, notably ‘Rhodamine B’, detected by government officials. Soundararajan, in a video shared on her official Instagram handle, cautioned against the purchase of cotton candy, emphasizing the potential health risks posed by its consumption.
While the ban is in effect, sellers possessing a quality certificate from the food safety department are permitted to continue vending cotton candy. This measure ensures that consumers have access to safe and regulated products.
Accompanying the ban, a concerted effort has been launched to raise public awareness regarding the dangers associated with consuming food items containing color additives. Government officials have been tasked with inspecting cotton candy vendors, with instructions to seize products containing toxic substances.
Rhodamine B, a chemical compound commonly used as a dye, poses significant health risks when ingested. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH.gov), its consumption can lead to oxidative stress on cells and tissues, potentially resulting in severe health conditions such as liver dysfunction or cancer. Acute poisoning may occur with prolonged exposure to large quantities of Rhodamine B.
Soundararajan’s message urges the public to exercise caution and make informed decisions when purchasing food items, particularly those intended for children. The emphasis on avoiding chemically-treated cotton candy underscores the government’s commitment to prioritizing public health and safety.
As Puducherry enforces this ban, efforts continue to ensure the availability of safe and healthy food options for residents and visitors alike.