Now, Maggi may be in, but turmeric powder is definitely out in Mizoram.
In a move likely to turn many delicacies pale, the hilly frontier State’s Health & Family Welfare Department has banned both sale and import of reddish turmeric powder from neighbouring Myanmar after the State Public Health Laboratory found the powder ‘unsafe’. Locally called ‘aisen’, Commissioner of Food Safety Dr K Ropari recently issued a notification in this regard.
The notification said an ‘aisen’ sample was sent to Guwahati-based State Public Health Laboratory where it was found that the turmeric powder is unsafe. The colour used in manufacture of the ‘aisen’ was in violation of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 and Rules and Regulations, 2011, the notification said, adding that it was found to be sub-standard.
While turmeric powder is generally called aieng in the local dialect, this particular product is called ‘aisen’ due to its reddish colour and is widely used in hotels, restaurants and also at homes. It is also used for making pickles. The product is used in preparation of a wide variety of dishes primarily for its bright colour, unlike the normal turmeric powder.