Thiruvananthapuram: The Travancore Devaswom Board has incurred a loss of Rs 7 crore on the back of Kerala High Court restricting sales of 'Aravana Prasadam' made with pesticide-laced cardamom in Sabarimala.
Earlier, a test conducted at an FSSAI-accredited lab revealed the presence of 14 types of pesticides in the cardamom used to make Aravana in Sabarimala.
Following the findings, the Kerala High Court issued an order to stop the sales of Aravana batches prepared using cardamom. As a result, the Devaswom board had to discard 6,65,159 Aravana tins.
Further, the court also asked the Devaswom board to prepare and distribute fresh batches of Aravana without using cardamom.
It was alleged that the delay in preparation of Aravana, ahead of the pilgrimage season, had resulted in the use of inferior quality cardamom.