Cotton candy is being banned in different states of India, such as Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.  The reason behind this is because the presence of artificial food colors such as rhodamine-B was found,  which could pose a long-term health risk, including cancer. Was this move necessary in India?

To further understand the communities’ point of view on this topic, Real Research, an online survey app, launched a survey on Indian states banning cotton candy.


  • 71.30% believe that Indian states’ ban on cotton candy will successfully create awareness.
  • Cotton candy, which has traces of rhodamine-B, should be banned nationwide; 65.26% agree.
  • Over 50% strongly support the banning of colored cotton candy, which may pose long-term health risks.

Indian States Banning Cotton Candy

Although few states in India have banned colored cotton candy, this news has caught the attention of the world. More than 71.3% believe that Indian states, such as Karnataka and Tamil Nadu’s ban on cotton candy, will successfully create awareness among candy merchants, vendors, and consumers about the health hazards posed by colored candy floss. Meanwhile, 28.70 disagreed that this ban would create awareness.

Figure 1: Will the ban on cotton candy create awareness?

The Reason Behind the Ban on Candy Floss

Upon further investigation, several cotton candies collected from restaurants, supermarkets, and street vendors contained traces of rhodamine-B, a chemical agent that poses potential health risks in the long term.

Around 65.26% agreed that cotton candy, which has traces of rhodamine-B, should be banned nationwide for public health protection. Meanwhile, 34.74% disagreed, stating that individual states have the autonomy to make their own decisions.

Figure 2: Should the ban on cotton candy be nationwide?

Do People Support the Ban on Cotton Candy?

As the authorities have clearly stated that the consumption of rhodamine-B could pose health risks, over 58.66% have strongly supported this action. Meanwhile, only 7.36% and 1.88% somewhat oppose and strongly oppose, respectively.

Do the people support the ban on cotton candy
Figure 3: Do the people support the ban on cotton candy?


Survey TitleSurvey on Indian States Banning Cotton Candy
DurationFebruary 29 – March 7, 2024
Number of Participants5,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
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