The Maggi saga is not just affecting Nestle but also unravelling stories about how other food items might also be unsafe for human consumption. From Cerelac to Mother Dairy, we take a look at food items which are now facing scrutiny.
In more trouble for Nestle, live beetles were found in a pack of the Cerelac baby milk food supplement in Coimbatore.
“We are aware that a consumer in Coimbatore has reported finding insects in a pack of our Cerelac Stage 3 Infant Cereal. The quality and safety of our products are non-negotiable priorities for our company and we always take such reports seriously. We have made every effort to investigate this complaint and are cooperating fully with the authorities in this matte,” Nestle India told Financial Express in an e-mailed response.
Nestle said its manufacturing technology excludes the possibility of insects in the sealed package, in which this product is sold. “We have visited the consumer and shared with him details of our strict food quality and safety procedures, including quality checks at the different stages of our manufacturing process, as well as checks of storage conditions. We believe the consumer was satisfied with the resolution of his complaint,” the company said.
Mother Dairy Milk
On Tuesday, 16 June, two samples of milk produced by Mother Dairy have been found to be substandard, and one of them contained detergent, in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. A Mother Dairy official denied the charges, saying the company conducts “stringent quality tests”, and the substandard milk was wrongly attributed to it.
Ram Naresh Yadav, chief of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) department in Agra, said two samples were taken from Mother Dairy’s collection centres in Bah tehsil, 70 km from Agra city, in November 2014.
“The samples were sent to the Lucknow laboratory which declared both of them substandard. The company challenged the results and demanded the samples be sent to the Kolkata lab, which too found them defective. In fact, the Kolkata lab found one sample contained detergent,” Yadav said.
As Indian Express had reported first, coffee chain Starbucks’ products are facing scrutiny by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). Starbucks in India is a joint venture of Tata Global Beverages and Starbucks Corporation that owns and operates the Starbucks outlets in India.
Products from Starbucks facing scrutiny are sauces and syrups, such as a dark caramel sauce, an international chocolate mix and chestnut-flavoured syrup. These syrups are added into flavoured coffee, tea and other beverages.
FSSAI rejected these products because they had not gotten approval from the agency and were still being used in the store, although Starbucks staff told Indian Express, they were not aware of the rejection.
When contacted, a Starbucks spokesperson said the company was “diligently working with… FSSAI to provide the information relating to our pending applications they have asked for”. Starbucks sources told The Indian Express that the rejection of product approvals by FSSAI was on “technical grounds” and that it is reapplying for fresh approval.
Tata Starbucks announced on Monday that it was “suspending” the use of ingredients whose product approvals were rejected. The result of this controversy: Starbucks has a dwindled menu as can be seen in our photo.
Foodles, Wai Wai, Top Ramen Atta Masala Noodles
Delhi government’s food safety laboratory found “slightly higher” than permissible levels of lead in a sample of Foodles noodles, manufactured by Horlicks. Eight out of 12 samples of “commonly purchased” instant noodle samples tested by the Delhi food safety department last week were found to have monosodium glutamate (MSG) though the packaging in all claimed they did not use MSG, Indian Express had reported.
Others on the list were five of six samples of Top Ramen noodles produced by Indo Nissin Food, and two samples of Ching’s noodles, Wai Wai noodles as well.
Other items on the FSSAI list
1) Special K Red Berries cereal from Kellogg’s.
2) Ready-to-eat chicken items from Venky’s, including chicken Arabic style kofta and crispy chicken burger patty.
3) Amway’s Nutrilite mixed drink flavour for children.
4) Nine variants of energy drinks from four companies, including Monster and Tzinga. For full list read our report here.