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The Mizoram Health and Family Welfare department has banned the sale and import of a reddish variety of turmeric powder being imported from the neighbouring country of Myanmar after the State Public Health Laboratory found the powder "unsafe for consumption"
The State Commissioner of Food Safety Dr K. Ropari recently issued a notification banning the turmeric powder, locally called 'Aisen'.
The notification stated that the 'Aisen' sample was sent to the State Public Health Laboratory in Guwahati where it was found that the turmeric powder was toxic. The colour used in manufacture of the 'Aisen' was in violation of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 and Rules and Regulations, 2011 and it was also found to be of sub-standard quality.
While turmeric powder is generally called 'Aieng' in the local dialect, this particular product is called 'Aisen' due to reddish hue. It is widely used in restaurants ti impart color and also for making pickles.