The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) recently found impermissibly high levels of lead in Nestle’s Maggi instant noodles. If that shocks you, you probably do NOT want to know what adulterant some popular and (in some cases) essential food items are alleged to contain. Warning: Some are super gross.
Detergent in milk
On Wednesday, the UP Food and Drug Administration said it has found detergent in one of the samples of milk picked from Mother Dairy's collection centres, a claim contested by the Delhi-based company. "Results showed that the samples were sub-standard and one of the two contained detergent," UP FDA official in Agra, Ram Naresh Yadav, told PTI.
Mother Dairy, however, has categorically denied any adulteration of milk it supplies in pouches.
Worms in baby food
Still fighting the Maggi noodles crisis, Nestle India was hit by another potential trouble-spot recently when an IT professional in Coimbatore found live worms in a packet of Nestle Cerelac baby food bought by for his one-year-old son.
According to a report, Sriram's wife opened the packet on Monday afternoon and found several red worms in the wheat and milk powder. "We checked again and found that the product expires only in February 2016," said Sriram.
Following a complaint, Nestle issued an official comment stating that they are undertaking "every effort to investigate this complaint and are cooperating fully with the authorities in this matter.”
Is it a fried rat?
A California man made waves on Facebook after posting a photo of an oddly shaped fry that he received from a KFC outlet on Friday. Devorise Dixon, 25, said on Facebook that he bit into the fry and found it had a rubbery texture. He then claimed to have taken it back to the KFC restaurant where he'd purchased it. The manager told Dixon the fried lump was a rat, apologized and offered him a free meal.
However, KFC says the California man is misleading the public. "Our chicken tenders often vary in size and shape and this just happened to be an oddly shaped one," KFC spokesman Rodrigo Coronel told HuffPost.
No more Starbucks syrup in India
According to a Wall Street Journal report on Tuesday, Starbucks India is withdrawing some of the signature syrups it uses in drinks in India. This comes after food-safety inspectors rejected many of its standard flavorings.
The document rejecting the products from Starbucks and other companies said they had “been rejected on assessment of risk/safety”. We wonder what those products really contained.
Pesticides in Haldiram’s
Meanwhile, in the US, domestic snack maker Haldiram’s is facing quite the refusal. The US Food and Drug Administration has refused 90 batches of Haldiram’s products since January. According to the US FDA, Haldiram’s snacks contain pesticide.
This is what the USFDA site states: "Haldiram has been charged under violation of 402(a)(2)(B), which defines adulteration. The article is subject to refusal of admission pursuant to section 801(a)(3) in that it appears to be adulterated because it contains a pesticide chemical.”
Insects in Glucon D
Recently, in Uttar Pradesh, a packet of the energy drink 'Glucon-D' was allegedly found with insects in it. The victim had filed a complaint regarding the incident with the Drug Safety officer of the area. The Drug Safety officer had told PTI that four packets of Glucon-D were collected from the shop concerned and sent to a laboratory in Lucknow.
He had said that action will be taken after the test results arrive.