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Punjab bans sale of loose spices and salt

 

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab commissionerate of food and drug administration has imposed a ban on the sale of loose powdered spices and salt.

Punjab food safety commissioner KS Pannu said on Friday that retailers would have to package and properly label powdered spices and condiments before selling them.

He said all food safety teams had been directed to keep a check on the sale of loose spices and salt in their jurisdiction. Anyone who does not comply with the order, would face action under the Food Safety and Standards Act, he added.

Pannu said spices were important commodities, but their adulteration was common and they were often mixed with artificial colours, starch and chalk powder for increasing their weight and enhancing their appearance. The consumption of adulterated spices could cause a number of diseases, including skin allergies and liver disorders.

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