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India: Gutkha ban may not have long term impact on market

A ban on Gutkha by some States may have a temporary impact on the arecanut market. But it will help the commodity in the long run. Some arecanut growers and cooperatives feel that the ban on ‘paan masala’ is a little worrisome.

Kerala became the second State after Madhya Pradesh to impose a ban on gutkha and paan masala on Friday.

Mr Ravish Hegde, Managing Director of the Sirsi-based Totagars’ Cooperative Sale Society (which is actively involved in arecanut trade), told Business Linethat the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has classified arecanut as a food item.

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