- From June 01, one will be able to distinguish between an edible ice and the ice used for industrial purposes.
- The Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) has taken the decision that non-edible ice should be in blue colour
- The government has directed the states to implement the ‘Maharashtra’ pattern.
- Maharashtra is the first state, which had taken this decision to differentiate between an edible and non-edible ice.
Sometime or the other, all people may have had roadside ice lollies or flavoured icy drinks in their life. But, while doing so, were you able to spot a difference between an edible ice and the ice used for an industrial purpose?
But from June 01, one can easily identify the edible and non-edible ice while having an ice lolly at a roadside eatery. In a recent notification, the union government has directed all the ice manufacturers, across the country, to manufacture white ice for edible purpose and blue ice for industrial usage.
After receiving many complaints from the citizens, the Maharashtra FDA had cracked a whip against the roadside eateries. During the investigation, the officers found that many eateries were using contaminated ice for eating purposes. Consuming this ice would have ill-effects on citizens’ health, due to E-coli bacteria being present. So, the Maharashtra government decided to differentiate between the edible and non-edible ice.
Now, after taking a cue from Maharashtra government, the union government is trying to implement this across the country.
While speaking My Medical Mantra, Shailesh Aadhav, the Joint Commissioner (Food), FDA Maharashtra, said, “During our investigation, we found that roadside eatery owners were using the contaminated ice. Consuming contaminated ice posed a threat to public health. So, the government has decided that the ice, which is used for industrial purposes, should have the colour blue dyed into it. Now, the union government has decided to adopt Maharashtra pattern across the country.”
He further said, “From June 01, people, from across the country, can spot the difference between the blue and white ice. The ice manufacturing companies have been asked to adhere to the government’s guidelines. If anyone is found to be violating the law, strict action will be taken against them.”