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China’s Chili Products Contain Cancer-causing Chemical

by VR Sreeraman on  September 23, 2012 at 3:49 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
A trade watchdog in China has detected a cancer-causing industrial dye in chili paste and red chili power products.
 China’s Chili Products Contain Cancer-causing Chemical
China’s Chili Products Contain Cancer-causing Chemical
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Several supermarkets and factories in Hunan province have been punished for selling and producing the products dyed with chemical compound Rhodamine B, a banned food additive.

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The Changsha Industrial and Commercial Bureau revoked the license of a company while a dealer was fined tens of thousands of yuan, the Shanghai Daily reported Saturday.

The dye was added in order to improve the appearance of the products.

Hunan cuisine is known for being dry-hot, as distinct from the numbing-hot flavors of Sichuan cuisine. However, both provinces have been hit by the dyed pepper scandal.

Rhodamine B was first detected in hotpot seasonings in Chongqing in March 2011.

Source: IANS
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