Domino's cheese fined Rs 9.5 lakh after failing lab test
Domino's cheese fined Rs 9.5 lakh after failing lab test

A fine of Rs 9.50 lakh has been levied on a Domino's outlet in Shahjahanpur and its supplier in Pune by the court of an additional district magistrate (ADM) in Shahjahanpur after a sample of cheese used in a pizza failed to pass a lab test.

The ‘diced super stretch Mozarella cheese’ was tested for milk fat content and it was found to be below the prescribed minimum limit of 35 per cent. The fine was imposed by the court of ADM (administration) JK Sharma.

A fine of Rs 4 lakh fine has been imposed on the Shahjahanpur district manager of Jubilant Food Work (franchisee for Domino's Pizza), Rs 5 lakh on Schreiber Dynamics Dairies, the supplier, and Rs 50,000 on the seller, Suresh Upadhyaya.

The sample of cheese was taken on July 4, 2015, by food security officer (FSO) Yugul Kishore and sent for lab test at government regional public analysis laboratory in Varanasi. Food analyst UC Gangwar completed the study of the sample and found insufficient fat percentage. The lab test was completed between July 22 and 28, 2015 and the report was sent to the FSO on August 5, 2015.

Upon receiving the report, notices were issued to Jubilant Food, Schreiber Dynamics Dairies and the seller Suresh Upadhyaya and a case was filed in the court of the ADM. After a trial that lasted nearly two years, court imposed fine in this case. The defendant had filed a counter case in this matter, that the cheese was not kept under prescribed conditions (refrigeration) due to which the sample couldn’t pass the lab test.

District manager of Jubilant Food Abhishek Seth in a statement said, “I am not aware that a fine has been imposed in this case. All legal issues are dealt by Jubilant Foods and they will deal with this one as well.”

JK Sharma said, “The sample failed to pass the lab test and it was a serious issue as they were not delivering what they have promised.”

Jubilant Food spokesperson stated, “Jubilant Food Works has been informed about the court’s ruling. However, we would like to state that the test conducted by us for the same batch of cheese at an NABL-certified lab confirms that the fat content in the cheese is as per the limits prescribed by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.”

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