TATA Salt’s claim that Potassium Ferrocyanide, or E536, as it is mentioned in their packets, is an approved food additive in the US and Europe is a distorted fact.
Potassium Ferrocyanide falls under the category 3 of bulk drug substances under section 503A of Federal Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).
“Category three states: These substances may be eligible for inclusion on the 503A bulks list, but were nominated without sufficient supporting information for FDA to evaluate them. These substances are not eligible for the policy that applies to substances in Category 1 - these substances may be eligible for inclusion on the list of bulk drug substances that can be used in compounding under section 503A, were nominated with sufficient information for FDA to evaluate them).”
“FDA would consider taking action against a compounder for compounding drug products with this bulk drug substance under its general enforcement policies,” says official website of FDA. Now how can you claim that it is safe?” What are the health benefits that a citizen gets by consuming salt with potassium ferrocyanide?
How can then Codex Alimentarius and further FSSAI declare it as a safe substance? Codex claims that it is safe as it is used within permissible limit. What are the supporting information Codex has to buttress its claims? The FDA approved anti caking agents are calcium silicate, Iron ammonium citrate and silicon dioxide.
E536 or Potassium Ferrocyanide contains toxic substances, the reason why it has already been banned in Great Britain, he added adding that industrial salt lobbies have destroyed the indigenous salt industry in India and government has turned a blind eye towards them. Natural salt comes with 84 varients of minerals, against the refined salt that comes with various chemical compound, which anyway is harmful to human being.
The fact is that Tata Salt has not denied using Potassium Ferrocyanide in its salt. The company has only stated that this component is safe because it is added within the limits prescribed by the government. But, the Indian government’s own regulations on food safety are based on Codex Alimentarius.
Codex Alimentarius is a WTO body which sets international standards for drugs, food, supplements, etc. Ever since its inception, it has come under criticism, from various organisations such as the Alliance for Natural Health Europe, over its plans to destroy organic and natural foods.
California-based National Health Federation has revealed that Codex delegations are normally set up by government officials at the behest of the industry. So ultimately it is the industry which decides on how to vote or what proposals to make on any given subject. Often, government officialsare not competent or knowledgeable enoughon matters of public health as they are seen toeing the line set by industry lobbyists.
The Manifesto on the Future of Food states: “Bureaucracies like the Codex Alimentarius have codified policies designed to serve the interests of global agribusiness above all others, while actively undermining the rights of farmers and consumers.
In the backdrop of the dubious distinction ofCodex Alimentarius and its suspected efficacy, it is high time India’s food and health regulations are amended scientifically instead of basing them on global organizations with questionable records.