Nestle has pulled Maggi noodles out of the market, the country's top food safety regulator is looking at various other popular packaged food products as well...
Even as Nestle has pulled Maggi noodles out of the market, the country's top food safety regulator is looking at various other popular packaged food products as well. The latest to come under the scanner of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India are some key product brands of Heinz and Kellogg's, an official source said. Regulatory sources said protein powders and energy drinks may also be sampled from across the country and tested for their quality and ingredients.
The regulator is learned to have written to these companies raising concerns and queries on labelling and branding of some of their popular packaged food products such as Complan Pista Badam, Heinz easy-to-cook baked beans and Kellogg's Oats and Honey. "The companies could not be reached for comment by TOI. These companies have been asked to give a scientific justification on the way some of their products are labelled, marketed and sold," the source said.
The source said the regulator feels there is a disconnect between the declarations made on the packaging of these products, the way they are marketed and what they really contain, which can be misleading for users.
Citing an example, the source said the pack of Complan Pista Badam projects the product as rich in dry fruits, whereas the list of ingredients mentioned by the company shows that almonds and pistachio are minimally present.
FSSAI has asked Heinz how can they sell a pista badam drink with low contents of almond and pistachio. "This is deceiving the consumer. They should maintain uniformity in what they display, write and provide to the consumer," the official source said, emphasising the regulator's job is to protect consumer interest.
Another Heinz product under scrutiny is Heinz's easy-tocook baked beans. The product's packaging allegedly declares it as a low sugar product but the nutrition details on the tin show sugar at 4.7g in every 100g. Kellogg's Oats and Honey has also come under scrutiny .
The regulator as well as the health ministry have also asked states to monitor quality of packaged products stringently and do regular market audits to keep a check.
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