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Haldiram food items rejected by US food regulator for containing pesticides

The maggi controversy has brought other food products under the scanner of food safety inspectors, not only in India but abroad as well.

The maggi controversy has brought other food products under the scanner of food safety inspectors, not only in India but abroad as well.

United States food safety inspectors have labelled hundreds of made-in-India snacks unfit for sale in America, according to Wall Street Journal.

A Hindustan Unilever, Britannia, Nestle India, Haldiram, Heinz India and MTR Foods were the companies whose batches were rejected in past one year. Some of the rejections were due to minor issues.

However, according to a report in Hindustan Times, the samples of Haldirams were found to have pesticide chemicals in them.

AK Tyagi, a senior-vice president at Haldiram’s, told the Wall Street Journal that discrepancies were noted by FDA because food-safety standards differ in India and the US. He said pesticide that is permitted in India may not be allowed there.

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The US FDA reportedly found pesticidesin Haldiram’s products and their website states that products made in India have been found to have pesticides and bacteria in high levels.

This year, most of the Indian snacks that were rejected by the FDA were from Haldiram’s, the famous Nagpur-based food company.

The US report mentioned that Haldiram’s products specially their cookies, wafers and biscuits are ‘filthy, putrid or decomposed-otherwise unfit’. They said that baked products are unfit for consumption and they are adulterated and contains poisonous content.

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In their defence, the Nagpur-based company said that their food is completely safe. As reported by Wall Street Journal, a senior Haldiram’s official said, “Our food is 100% safe and complies with the law of the land. A pesticide that is permitted in India may not be allowed there. And even if it, they may not allow it in the same concentration as it is here.”

According to the FDA website of United States, it was in September 2014 that pesticides were discovered for the first time in Haldiram’s. Since then, the US has refused to import their products 86 times.

As usual Twitter reacted to the ban. Reactions ranged from anguish to amazement .

 

 

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