Toxic food colorants in Nepal
toxic food colorants in Nepal Pramod Koirala 22.05.2000
Re: toxic food colorants in Nepal Emorn Udomkesmalee 23.05.2000
Re: toxic food colorants in Nepal Dominique Bounie 24.05.2000
toxic food colorants in Nepal : more info Dominique Bounie 25.05.2000
Re: toxic food colorants in Nepal Beverley Snell 26.05.2000

Date: Mon, 22 May 2000 09:17:14 +0100

From: Koirala <>

Subject: toxic food colorants in Nepal


Dear friends,

I am a Research Nutritionist, working with government in the Central Food Research Laboratory in Nepal for five years. I am writing a protocol to study the USE OF INEDIBLE COLOR IN FOOD IN NEPAL.

Colorants such as Lead Chromate, Auramine, Malachite green, Orange S, Nepthol yellow S, Orange GT have been detected in different foods in Nepal.

I want to contact scientists/professionals currently working in this area.

Best regards,


Pramod Koirala,B Tech(food),MSC(Nutrition)
Research Officer

Date: Tue, 23 May 2000 17:17:07 +0700 (GMT+0700)

From: Emorn Udomkesmalee <>

Subject: Re: toxic food colorants in Nepal


Dear Mr. Koirala:

On the subject of toxic food colorants, you can contact:

Associate Professor Songsak Srianujata
Director, Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University
Salaya, Phutthamonthon, Nakhon Pathom 73170, Thailand
Tel: (662) 4419740, Fax: (662) 4419344

Best wishes on your work.



Emorn Wasantwisut

Date: Wed, 24 May 2000 09:22:14 +0200

From: Dominique Bounie <>

Subject: Re: toxic food colorants in Nepal


Dear Pramod Koirala,

Some years ago, a large project on Street Food was initiated under the auspices of FAO (Nutrition department). Many studies were conducted on the economic, nutritional, hygienic aspects of such activities.

Among toxicological risks which were studied was the use of different non-edible colorants. You should contact the FAO-ENN for further details (contact addresses + copies of papers) (contact : Florence Egal : or secretariat :

At that time, Colette Canet (FAO) was involved in these studies. She now left FAO but the ENN department should be able to give you her address.

- FAO published in 1996 a special release (n 17/18) of their "Food, Nutrition and Agriculture" journal (FNA) on street food. You will find there some interesting information (I think it should be somewhere on the FAO website, but I didn't success to find where !)

- Also of interest for you , the paper "Street foods in Bangkok - the nutritional contribution and the contaminants content of street foods", by L.S. Rita Hutabarat (FAO, 1994), where colouring agents were studied (cf. p. 57)

You should also try to contact Indira Chakravaty, Director, Professor and Dean of the All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, Calcutta, India. India was faced to the frequent use of non-edible colorants in street food (for ex. in Pune) and they made special inquiries on this.

Good luck,


Date : 25 May 2000

From: Dominique Bounie <>

Subject: toxic food colorants in Nepal : more info


Dear all,

Please find below some more details about the request of Pramod Koirala on toxic food colorants in Nepal.

Is there anyone from FAO who could give advices or information ?



Date: Wed, 24 May 2000 21:17:53 +0530

From: Koirala <>


Dear Bounie,

I am really happy after getting a kind and very informative response from you. Really,I was afraid of not getting literatures form anywhere.

I am writing to the persons you have suggested.

In fact, I am trying to do some work to access the the current status of the usage of toxic colorants in food and its health consequences. A theocratical estimation showed that about 4.6 MT of foods colored with toxic colorants are being consumed daily by Nepalese people. Even the staple foods like pulses and green leafy vegetables are being colored. Baby foods, breakfast cereals/snacks and soft drinks are the major food items adulterated with color.

No nationwide study in this area has been done so far in Nepal.

Therefore, the proposed work is the utmost need of my country, I hope.

Again, thank you very much for your great help.

Best regards,

Pramod Koirala, BTech(food), MSc(nutrition) Research Officer, Central Food Research Laboratory Ministry of Agriculture
Kathmandu, NEPAL

Date: Fri, 26 May 2000 10:00:14 +1000

From: Beverley Snell <>

Subject: Re: toxic food colorants in Nepal


On Wed, 24 May 2000, Beverley Snell wrote:

Is this sort of thing in your area?

cheers again



Beverley Snell
International Health Unit, Macfarlane Burnet Centre for Medical Research P O Box 254 Fairfield Vic Australia 3078 Telephone 613 9282 2115 / 9282 2275, Fax 613 9482 3123
email <>


Date: Thu, 25 May 2000 17:30:15 +0800 (MYT)

From: Dzulkifli Abdul Razak <>

Subject: Re: Fwd: Re: toxic food colorants in Nepal


Dear Bev and Dr Emorn Udomkesmalee,

Thanks for the message. We would be interested to collaborate and assist in this area of work.



Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, Director & Professor
National Poison Centre, Penang, Malaysia