Why Cotton candy banned in Puducherry?

In a significant move towards ensuring public health safety, the government of Puducherry has taken decisive action by banning the sale of cotton candy within its jurisdiction. The decision comes in the wake of alarming revelations regarding the presence of a highly toxic substance known as Rhodamine B in several samples of this beloved confectionery.

Cotton candy, also known as ‘fairy floss’ or ‘Buddhi Ke Baal,‘ has long been a favourite treat among people of all ages. Its fluffy texture and sweet taste have made it a staple at fairs, carnivals, and amusement parks. However, recent findings have shed light on the dark side of this seemingly innocent indulgence.

Reports from food safety officials have uncovered the presence of Rhodamine B in cotton candy samples collected from various vendors across Puducherry. Rhodamine B, a chemical compound commonly used as a colouring agent, poses serious health risks when ingested. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH.gov), prolonged exposure to Rhodamine B-contaminated food can lead to cancer, liver damage, and poisoning-like symptoms.

According to Puducherry governor Tamilsai Soundararajan, food safety officials have found Rhodamine-B, a toxic substance, in cotton candy samples, also urged people not to give food items laced with colour additives to children.

The discovery of Rhodamine B in cotton candy raises grave concerns about the safety of consuming this popular snack. Parents, in particular, are urged to exercise caution and reconsider allowing their children to indulge in this treat. While cotton candy may seem harmless at first glance, the presence of toxic chemicals like Rhodamine B underscores the importance of being vigilant about food safety.

Following the findings, the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, Tamilisai Soundararajan, has issued strict instructions to food safety officials to inspect all shops selling cotton candy. Several establishments have already been sealed, and further action will be taken against any vendors found to be selling Rhodamine B-contaminated products.

The ban on cotton candy in Puducherry serves as a stark reminder of the hidden dangers lurking in seemingly innocuous foods. It highlights the need for robust regulatory measures to safeguard public health and ensure the integrity of the food supply chain.

As consumers, it is our responsibility to stay informed about the foods we consume and advocate for safer, healthier alternatives. By raising awareness about the hazards of toxic substances like Rhodamine B, we can work towards creating a safer and more transparent food industry for future generations.

In conclusion, the recent ban on cotton candy in Puducherry sends a clear message about the importance of prioritizing public health over culinary indulgence. Let us heed this warning and strive towards a future where our favourite treats are not tainted by harmful chemicals.


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