New Delhi: Now Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has recommended government to promote cultivation of ‘Khesari Dal’ and lift ban on its sale in the open market to meet pulses back to the common man’s ‘thali.’
Defamed Khesari dal is banned in the country since 1964 after the several cases of paralysis in adult males after prolonged consumption of it due to neurotoxin ‘di-amino-pro-pionic acid.’
But Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has appealed Government after it’s November 6 meeting that ban on Khesari dal must be lifted and its production should be promoted considering it’s nutritional values and low cost as the ‘Arhar Dal’ has became out to reach of common man.
Authority has also quoted that Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has also found that in last twenty years not even a single case of neurolathyrism was reported due to this.
Presently this dal which is also known as Tiwara, was prohibited to use as an ingredient under Food Adulteration prevention Act after a study of 1964 found that this pea is associated in crippling disease in young adult males in Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh where it was distributed as payment of wages to farmer’s families.
But now Government bodies feels that story of its toxic effects are just myth not reality and this variety of Dal may bring pulses to common men food as this can be grown in less than just less than five months.