More trouble for pan masala manufacturers as lab test confirms nicotine content

PATNA  : Trouble is set to mount for pan masala manufacturers after latest lab tests have confirmed presence of nicotine in seven leading brands of pan masala, which is said to cause serious diseases like cardiac arrest and acute hyper magnesia. Bihar government had in August this year banned 12 brands of pan masala.

Confirming this, additional secretary and executive director, Bihar state health society Manoj Kumar said that he had also got to know of the lab report. “I have not got the report as yet. If the lab tests corroborate to presence to nicotine, it will require legal action against the manufacturers,” he added.

The samples had been sent to the National Tobacco Testing Laboratory (NTTL), Noida for testing. The seven brands of pan masala – Rajanigandha, Kamla Pasand, Madhu, Supreme, Rajshree, Signature and Rounak – were found to contain nicotine three days ago.

Pan masala comes under the category of food items and hence the use of magnesium carbonate or nicotine in it is a violation of clause 3.17 of Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations 2011.

In 2012, the then state food safety commissioner Sanjay Kumar, who is presently the principal secretary, health, had also issued an order to test pan masala for nicotine content after a Centre’s report in the Supreme Court confirming presence of nicotine in them.  Read More

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