Ministry clarifies on chilli exports

New Delhi, March 22 | Updated: Mar 23 2005, 06:17am hrs
A preliminary investigation conducted by the Spices Board on chilli powder exports has indicated that the export consignment believed to have been contaminated with dye was imported into the UK in 2002.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, minister of state for commerce and industry EVKS Elangovan pointed out that no documentary evidence has been given by UKs food standard agency so far establishing the involvemnt of Indian exporters.

The minister said that the reported presence of Sudan dye in many of the rapid alert reports issued by countries in the EU was too low to be suggestive of deliberate adulteration. To that extent, some of the rapid alerts can be disputed.

Exports of chillis and chilli products from India have not been affected as there has been a substantial increase in the exports of chilli.