After the recent seizure of a large amount of artificially coloured pointed gourd by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) in the city, the authorities claim that they have been on their toes to find out if other green vegetables are being subjected to artificial colouring.
They say that they regularly keep sampling the vegetables and conducting tests of the vegetables to find out if traders are using banned substances to make vegetables look fresh and appetizing.
Joint commissioner, FDA, Sashikant Kekare said, “On Thursday, we seized 120kgs of coloured pointed gourd from Market Yard which had come in the city from Kolkata. We are aware that similar aritificial colouring could happen in other vegetables like methi, cucumber, green pea, onion. We keep collecting samples and conduct tests on them to find out if rules are being flouted while trying to make vegetables look fresh and attractive.”
Kekare said that in the past as well, the FDA has raided and seized stocks of artificially coloured green peas and carrots. “Last year we had seized artificially coloured green pea from Pimpri area in Pune. About two to three years ago, we had collected and destroyed artificially coloured carrots,” he said.
Officials said customers should also remain vigilant and follow simple methods such as keeping the vegetables in water before cooking so that the colour comes off and one is saved from consuming the harmful substance.
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