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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

Detergent Found in Milk Sample, Says UP Food Administration

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).

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Starbucks Signs Licensing Agreement With Investment Firm Of Brazil

Licensing Agreement signed by Starbucks with the Brazilian Investment Firm

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FILE - The Starbucks logo is seen at a shop in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 14, 2017. VOA

Sao Paulo investment firm SouthRock Capital has signed an agreement with Starbucks that gives it the right to develop and operate branches of the Seattle-based chain in Brazil, the companies said late on Monday.

With the agreement, whose value was not disclosed, all of Starbucks’ retail operations in Latin America are now wholly licensed rather than directly managed, the companies said.

SouthRock founder Ken Pope said in a statement the fund would eye expansion opportunities in new and existing markets.

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Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz.

Starbucks now has 113 stores across the populous states of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

“With Starbucks, we see continued opportunities for growth in existing markets … as well as new markets like Brasilia and the South,” he said.

Also Read: Brazil to vaccinate entire population against yellow fever

SouthRock, founded in 2015, also owns Brazil Airport Restaurants, which operates in the country’s biggest airports.

Shares in Starbucks opened up 0.5 percent but closed down 0.58 percent. The S&P 500 Index fell 0.64 percent.  VOA

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