Rhodamine B is a synthetic color that use for textile. It is prohibited to be used in foods as it is hazardous to health. Recently, it is being used to make ground red chili and other foods more colorful and brighter. A study was carried out at tradisional market in Tambun, Cibitung and Bekasi. The laboratory examination result confirmed that 70% of samples contained Rhodamine B. There were 60% of respondents who knew about the health hazard of Rhodamine B and 50% of them use it to make the ground chili a brighter red. The study also showed that there is not different between the vendors knowledge and the use of Rhodamine B. The study suggests that regular inspection and education should be conducted to improve the knowledge of ground red chili vendors, as to increase awareness of the health hazards of Rhodamine B in foods.
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