In the wake of a major food safety scare in India, Nestle SA struggles to recall as much as 400 million packets of instant noodles following findings that the said products contain dangerous levels of lead, The Wall Street Journal reports. In an order obtained from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’s Quality Assurance Division, it was found that the Maggi Oats Masala Noodles with Tastemaker tested for high levels of lead, exceeding the permissible level of 2.5 ppm. This was the finding derived from 10 of the 13 product samples tested. The result is said to have prompted the product recall.
As the product recall continues, Nestle has admitted that it has only managed to collect 84 million noodle packets so far. And in an effort to exercise more caution, Daily Mail has also learned that Nestle has just decided to stop the sale of its milk in Punjab.
Meanwhile, Reuters reports that other global brands are also currently at risk due to India’s poor food safety record. Big brands such as McDonald’s and Walmart can also face similar problems due to tainted water and inconsistency when it comes to cold storage systems. This is why McDonald’s has also worked hard to educate farmers who grow potatoes for their fries with hygiene education and best practices.
However, McDonald’s does not stop with just education. To further ensure its billion dollar reputation, McDonald’s readily applies 100 checks across its international operations. After all, in a place where at least one of five tested food samples will be found tainted, mislabeled or contaminated, no global brand can afford to be complacent about safety. Meanwhile, Live Mint has also found that Wal-Mart, which does business as a wholesaler in India, finds itself rejecting between 10% to 11% of produce daily.
On the other hand, the Wall Street Journal also reports that Starbucks has also withdrawn some of the its signature syrups in India recently. The said course of action had to be taken after the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had rejected certain syrups that the well-known coffee chain is using for their drinks. These included hazelnut syrup, caramel sauce, panna cotta pudding as well as a cheese flavored syrup.
In an open letter to affected Starbucks customers, Tata Starbucks Private Limited CEO Avani Davda assured its coffee lovers that the company is currently cooperating with the FFSSAI, providing the proper technical information to all pending ingredient applications that have been requested.