Board Puts Two More On Notice
Kochi, Aug 29: The Spices Board has suspended the licence of two more exporters for shipping spices containing pesticide residue. According to Spices Board chairman CJ Jose, the decision to suspend the licence of two exporters -Mumbai-based AK Export Corporation and Taha Enterprises - comes in the wake of their chilli powder consignments containing the carciogenic dye Sudan-I Red.
As per the Act, the cancellation is to be done by the Spices Board which has already sent out show-cause notices to the five exporters asking why their licences should not be cancelled.
Top officials in the board said the notice was only a formality as the Centre had recommended cancellation of the licences, based on its report.
The Central order said that the image of Indian pepper had been sullied and Indian spice exports and exporters brought to disrepute. Spices Board chairman Mr CJ Jose told FE that action would be taken immediately and such an action would be warning to exporters that they should not play truant.