Under review

Published: Sunday 31 December 1995

TAKING a cue from the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) controversy, the government has decided to make changes in the level of monosodium glutamate permitted in food. The KFC's Delhi outlet reopened on December 4, following the Delhi High Court ruling quashing the Delhi municipal corporation's order cancelling its licence.

It was found that the present one per cent limit allowed under the Prevention of Food Adul;eration A (PFA), 1976 (amended) was even lowe than the natural level found in so fruits and vegetables. The PFA does not clarify whether the one per cent level i "M the amount in addition to that naturaly present or is the total amount found The Act is being reviewed as it containsgo many outdated provisions. The PFA doe" not permit the entry of diet Coke ano diet Pepsi as they contain a substanc called aspertin. There is a fee[Z" among government officials th t th KFC controversy has adversel affected the inflow of foreign investment.

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