Now, Starbucks Coffees, Kellogg’s K Berry + 498 Other Food Products Found Unsafe!
With Maggi being banned across the country for excessive levels of lead in it, the national food regulator, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on Thursday handed down a list of approximately 500 products to food safety commissioners that were rejected on account of assessment of risk or safety.
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The information by FSAAI says, "The list of applications, which were received in FSSAI for product approvals, and where the proposals have been rejected on assessment of risk or safety of the proposed products by the Product Approval & Screening Committee."
Some very popular brands and star players in this field like Starbucks, Kellogg and Venky’s names were also on the list. Scores of these products were found to have excessive levels of heavy metals, caffeine and iron fillings and therefore were not approved.
Consequently, Starbucks management issued a statement, "Starbucks is committed to complying with the regulations in every market we operate in. Our products meet Starbucks own stringent global quality standards. we are diligently working with the FSSAI to provide the information relating to our pending applications they have asked for".
Applications by Tata Starbucks that weren’t approved include over around 30 odd variants of puddings, sauces, mixes, syrups, tea and coffee. Other products that were rejected include McCain’s battered pepper and cheese bites, Venky’s chicken Arabic-style kofta and crispy chicken burger patty, Kellogg’s Special K-red berries, Del Monte’s egg mayonnaise/salad dressing variants, natural vinegar and a proprietary hot sauce, and Ferrero Rocher’s proprietary milky and cocoa spreads with cereals and milk chocolate.