10 banned foods in India & why they're restricted

May 10, 2024

10 banned foods in India & why they're restricted

ET Online

Chinese Milk and Milk Products

After the 2008 Chinese milk scandal, India banned the import of Chinese milk and milk products due to contamination fears.

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Genetically Modified (GM) Crops

While not a specific food, the cultivation of certain genetically modified crops is restricted or banned in India due to concerns about their environmental impact and effects on biodiversity.

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Colored Chocolates

Certain artificial food colors used in chocolates and other food products are banned in India due to health concerns, especially for children.

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Red Bull Energy Drink

In 2006, the sale of Red Bull was temporarily banned in India due to concerns about the safety of its ingredients. However, it was later lifted after safety assessments.

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Sassafras Oil

The use of sassafras oil in food and beverages is banned in India due to its carcinogenic properties.

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​​Artificial Ripening Agents for Fruits​

Certain chemicals used for artificial ripening of fruits such as calcium carbide are banned in India due to health risks.

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Potassium Bromate

Banned in 2016 due to carcinogenic properties, linked to thyroid cancer, to safeguard consumers in bakery products.

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Foie Gras

Banned in 2014 for inhumane duck/goose liver enlargement, aligning with global animal welfare standards.

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Chinese Garlic

Banned in 2019 for high pesticide levels, protecting public health and ensuring food safety standards.

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Rabbit Meat

Banned due to animal welfare and religious sentiments, reflecting India's ethical and cultural values.

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