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Sudan IV dye not approved for palm oil products - FDA

Thu, 29 Jul 2021 Source: www.ghanaweb.com

• FDA has banned the use of Sudan IV dye as food addictive

• This is because it is unwholesome for human consumption

• Palm oil producers to desist from using the dye to mix palm oil before selling them on the market

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has announced that it has not approved the usage of Sudan IV dye for palm oil products in the country.

Delese Mimi Darko, the Chief Executive Officer of FDA, stated that the use of Sudan IV dyes as food additives is toxic and dangerous for human consumption.

She urged palm oil producers to desist from using the dye to mix palm oil before selling them on the market.

She noted that palm oil producers who fail to comply with this directive will be sanctioned when apprehended.

“Sudan IV dye is not approved for use in food products, Sudan dyes are classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as Group 3 carcinogens and are banned as food additives worldwide (IARC, 1987),” the FDA boss said.

“The Food and Drugs Authority has the mandate to ensure the sale of safe foods on our markets and we took several initiatives to reduce the incidence of food adulteration which includes palm oil,” she added.

Delese Mimi Darko made this at the launch of the Artisanal Palm Oil Millers and Outgrowers Association app in Accra on Wednesday, July 28.

Sudan IV dye is also used for the processing of non-food products such as textiles, leather, cosmetics, hair, mineral oils and so on.

Sudan IV dye is naturally reddish due to the high beta-carotene content it contains.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com
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