Marayoor: The Food Safety Department of Tamil Nadu has issued an alert to Kerala on use of Tamil Nadu jaggery. With Pongal celebrations round the corner, the department warned Keralites about the chemical content in the jaggery.
It is reported that poisonous chemicals along with maida and sugar are used in jaggery produced at Salem, Namakkalm, Erode and Tirupur districts.
Sources revealed that sulphur was added to purify the sugar cane syrup to produce jaggery. The food safety department identified that superphosphate, a toxic fertilizer, was also added to the mixture of jaggery.
“Chemicals such as sodium bicarbonate and hydrose also added in the mixture to make jaggery,” said Coimbatore district food safety officer Lalithambika.
Doctors also alerted that consumption of the jaggery with toxic chemical content will led to orthopaedic disorders and urinary diseases.
It is also alleged that the jaggery with chemical content is being sold as the Kerala’s own brand called ‘Marayoor Jaggery’.