Indian food regulator FSSAI to crackdown on adulteration in spices

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Indian food regulator FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) asked state food commissioners to carry out effective enforcement drives to curb adulteration in spices.

In a letter to Commissioner of Food Safety of all states and Union Territories, the autonomous body established under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare said that there have been several news reports about sale of adulterated spices in the domestic market.

“Instances have been reported recently in media regarding the sale of adulterated spices in domestic market. As per one such report, the spices like dhaniya powder is being adulterated with bajra and dhaniya stem whereas turmeric powder is being adulterated with broken rice which is mixed with yellow colour,” FSSAI said in the letter.

The regulator directed state food commissioners to conduct enforcement drives to check the adulteration of commonly used spices in wholesale markets under their jurisdictions.