‘Inedible colour-use in sweets on the wane’

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, June 7:

The use of inedible colours in sweets sold from various sweet-shops in the Kathmandu valley has been decreasing, an official of the Department of Food Technology and Quality Control (DFTQC) said today. Jiwan Prabha Lama, a senior food research officer at the DFTQC, said there had been a decrease in the practice of using inedible colours in sweets after the department and other bodies launched awareness drives among the people five years ago.

“We held functions and distributed pamphlets to inform the people about the harmful effects that can result due to consumption of sweets containing inedible colours and also put pressure on the Kathmandu Metropolitan City and other bodies to generate awareness among the people on the issue.” Two weeks ago, a sweet-shop owner in Kalimati was found to be selling sweets containing inedible colours. “We seized and destroyed the sweets,” Lama said, adding that legal procedures had been initiated to penalise the owner. The food technology laws state that an individual found guilty of using such colours in sweets have to pay Rs 5,000-10,000 or serve a two-year jail term.