Food regulator gave state officials list of around 500 products that failed to get approvals, many of which were found to contain high levels heavy metals, caffeine and iron fillings, said sources.
A day before it ordered Nestle to stop the manufacture and sale of nine variants of Maggi Noodles, citing tests that showed “unsafe” lead levels, the national food regulator handed over to states a blacklist containing at least 32 products from Tata Starbucks, a cereal from Kellogg’s, poultry products from Venky’s and even a multivitamin from Ranbaxy.
The list of around 500 products rejected by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) was handed over to food safety commissioners attending the authority’s central scientific advisory committee meeting in New Delhi last Thursday.
Many of the products on the FSSAI list — obtained by The Indian Express — were found to contain high levels of sugar, caramel, salt or heavy metals, caffeine and iron fillings, said sources.
The Starbucks products on the list are mainly sauces and syrups, such as a dark caramel sauce, an international chocolate mix and chestnut-flavoured syrup, which go into the making of various kinds of flavoured coffee, tea and other beverages.
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