By Rukma Singh
With the beloved Maggi being taken off the shelves all over India, one would expect a strengthening of the approach towards food safety and security.
But as it turns out, the laxity in the attitude of the authority continues. The cases of food adulteration have been increasing by the day.
However, one positive aspect of the whole Maggi controversy has been the fact that the media has become more open to creating awareness about these issues.
Looks like the line between edible and inedible has become entirely blurred. NewsGram brings you a list of five food items that prove the same!
Live weevils found in Nestle Cerelac
After the recent controversy over Nestle’s ‘Maggi’ noodles, the company found itself deeper in trouble after live weevils and larvae were found in a cereal product meant for infants. The incident happened in Tamil Nadu when a lady opened a new packet of the cereal, only to throw it in the trash.
Detergent found in Mother Dairy milk sample
The UP Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday that it has found detergent in one of the samples of milk picked from Mother Dairy’s collection centres. Mother Dairy, however, has categorically denied any adulteration of milk it supplies in pouches.
Haldiram’s products rejected by the US Food and Drug Administration
According to a Wall Street Journal report, US FDA rejected Haldiram’s products because they “vary from problems in packaging and labeling to alleged contamination.” The FDA website says Indian products have been found to contain high levels of pesticides, mold and the bacteria salmonella.
Starbucks India syrups rejected by authorities
Starbucks India is going to stop using some of the signature syrups it uses in drinks in India after food-safety inspectors rejected many of its standard flavorings on account of ‘risks’. Among the rejects were classic coffee add-ons and favourites like caramel sauce and hazelnut syrup as well as lesser-known ingredients like cheese-flavored syrup and Panna Cotta Pudding.
Faeces found in Delhi street food
A latest study has found high faecal contamination in such fast food and junk food items (such as Samosas & Momos), especially in several west and central Delhi localities. The bacterial pathogens commonly found in street eateries are Bacillus cereus (causes vomiting and diarrhoea), Clostridium perfringens (abdominal cramps and diarrhoea), Staphylococcus aureus (vomiting, appetite loss, abdominal cramps and mild fever) and Salmonella species (typhoid, food poisoning, irritation and inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract).