Pesticide-laced cardamom: HC stops sale of 'Aravana', directs replacing it with fresh batches

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Pathanamthitta: Traces of deadly pesticide found in the cardamom used to make 'Aravana Payasam' in Sabarimala temple.

Following the finding, Kerala High Court barred the sale of Aravana in Sabarimala on Wednesday. Further, the court also directed the food safety officials to seal the existing stock of Aravana.

Meanwhile, the court suggested that the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) manufacture and sell fresh batches of Aravana without using cardamom.

The presence of pesticides was mentioned in a report submitted by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in the High Court. A test conducted in the central food laboratory revealed excessive amounts of 14 pesticides on the cardamom. Experts pointed out that these pesticides could severely affect the functioning of the human body.

Following the report, Kerala High Court questioned whether the board makes Aravana using non-consumable cardamoms. The board informed the court that around 6 lakh tons of Aravana are currently in stock.

Meanwhile, the unprecedented ban on the existing stock had left the board in a tough spot. From Thursday onwards, the devotees would only receive Aravana without having cardamom.

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