New Delhi, December 5: The Delhi High Court has been informed by the city government’s food security service that samples of rice dishes collected by it from two popular restaurants here have been found to be unsafe.
In an affidavit filed by the department, he said the presence of artificial colors made the dishes “unsafe” for human consumption.
Samples taken from KFC’s restaurant at Scindia House in Connaught Place of its “Rizo Rice” showed it to be unsafe due to the presence of artificial coloring, according to the affidavit.
Rice samples collected for testing at the Sagar Ratna restaurant in Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar were also found to be dangerous.
The government’s response came on a petition calling for a ban on the sale of fruits, vegetables and food products containing artificial colors and pesticides.
The affidavit indicates that legal action was taken against the offenders.
He also said that samples of ghee collected from various restaurants were found to be of “substandard” quality and were “mislabeled” to mislead the public.
Samples of fruit and vegetable chutney collected from ITL Tower’s Bikanerwala restaurant in Netaji Subhash Place also showed the addition of artificial colors.
After the High Court’s instruction, the department regularly inspects fruits and vegetables in the markets here for colors and pesticide residues.
A total of 1,420 samples of various edible products have been taken since the court issued the instruction on March 5. Five of them showed the presence of pesticide residues above the prescribed tolerance limit.
The court acted suo motu on a report by the NGO Consumer Voice, which revealed in 2010 that 35 varieties of vegetables and fruits, picked in Delhi markets and tested for their pesticide content, contained toxins beyond authorized limits.