Metanil yellow: The toxic food colorant
Keywords:Metanil yellow, food adulterant, health
Metanil yellow is a food colorant used extensively in various foods. It is also used as an adulterant in different spices especially
turmeric and regular Indian foods like pulses. Metanil yellow belongs to “non‑permitted” category of food color. Continued
consumption of this toxic food color leads to adverse life‑threatening effects in humans. There are studies revealing adverse health
effects of metanil yellow. Serious concern and mass awareness are needed to be raised on the issue, and use of this toxic food color
needs to be abandoned completely.
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