Cancer-Causing Chemical in China's Chilli Products.

 , Beijing  |  Updated: October 10, 2012 09:46 IST

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Cancer-Causing Chemical in China's Chilli Products.
A cancer-causing industrial dye has been found in chilli paste and red chilli powder products in China, a trade watchdog has said.

Several supermarkets and factories in Hunan province have been punished for selling and producing the products dyed with chemical compound Rhodamine B, a banned food additive.

The Changsha Industrial and Commercial Bureau revoked the licence of a company while a dealer was fined tens of thousands of yuan, the Shanghai Daily reported Saturday.

The dye was added in order to improve the appearance of the products.

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Hunan cuisine is known for being dry-hot, as distinct from the numbing-hot flavours of Sichuan cuisine. However, both provinces have been hit by the dyed pepper scandal.
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Rhodamine B was first detected in hotpot seasonings in Chongqing in March 2011

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