AIZAWL, Nov 23 - Mizoram Health and Family Welfare department has banned sale and import of reddish turmeric powder from neighbouring Myanmar after State Public Health Laboratory in Guwahati found the powder �unsafe�.
State Commissioner of Food Safety Dr K Ropari recently issued a notification banning the turmeric powder, locally called �Aisen�. The notification said the �Aisen� sample was sent to State Public Health Laboratory in Guwahati where it was found that the turmeric powder is unsafe.
The colour used in manufacture of �Aisen� was in violation of Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 and Rules and Regulations, 2011, the notification said, adding that it was found to be sub-standard.
While turmeric powder is generally called �Aieng� in the local dialect, this particular product is called �Aisen� due to reddish hues and widely used in hotels, restaurants and also at homes. It is also used for making pickles. � PTI