We all like to eat biriyani .When we prepare biriyani we all add cinnamon in it for better taste.But the cinnamon that we get in market is not original cinnamon it is cassia which looks like cinnamon .
Cinnamon is not injurious to health but cassia is injurious to our health. A chemical named camoria is present in cassia and cause problems to our liver and kidney .
Indian institute of toxicology had made a study on it in 2010 and conformed cassia is injurious to health.In almost all European countries the import and use of cassia is band .
USA,UK and Germany allows import of cassia for production of rat poison .American food and drug administration has band the use of cassia in food items.
Import of one kilogram cassia will cost only 35 rs and if it is original cinnamon it will cost more than 200 Rs.In India we produce almost 80-100 tone cinnamon.
we have need of 1200 tone cinnamon in market every year ,So we export cinnamon from china, Indonesia and Vietnam. During export dealers mixes cassia with cinnamon to earn more profit .
sri lanka and Kerala are the place where cinnamon is cultivated in large scale .In kerala it is cultivated in malappuram and kannur districts .But because of cassia people who cultivate cinnamon is not getting paid well.In 2008 spices board had asked to Indian health authority to ban export of cassia but till now no action is been taken .Food safety association of India had ordered to avoid sale of cassia as cinnamon but nothing had happen .