After the Maggi fiasco, domestic snack maker Haldiram’s faces “refusal” of its fried namkeen and candies in the US.
The US Food and Drug Administration has refused 90 batches of Haldiram’s products in the past five months, since January.
Of the total 171 batches of snacks imported that the USFDA refused, 90 were from Haldiram’s, making India the largest contributor to refused snacks imported into the US.
According to the USFDA site, Haldiram has been charged under violation of 402(a)(2)(B), which defines adulteration. The charges elaborated states: “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.”
Apart from fried snacks, batches of Haldiram’s candies are also under the USFDA lens. When tests were done, sulphites were found, which Haldiram did not disclose on the wrapper. “It appears that the food is fabricated from two or more ingredients and the label does not list the common or usual name of each ingredient,” US FDA said.
US FDA spokesperson Jennifer Corbett Dooren said that “FDA issues a notice of action to firms” once a refusal happens. As per the notice the firm is entitled for an informal hearing to provide the testimony regarding the admissibility of the product. If it fails to prove evidence that the product meets compliance, it will have to either export the product out of the US, or destroy it within 90 days. Haldiram continues to say that it maintains the standards prescribed by USFDA.