There has been a lot of hue and cry about Maggi being unsafe for consumption, leading to its subsequent ban in the capital. While it is common knowledge that junk food in itself is significantly harmful to health, what we didn’t know was that our very own desi brand Haldiram’s too has products which the US FDA considers unfit for consumption. Yes, many food products by Haldiram’s, including its famous allo bhujia, has been rejected by the FDA.
A Wall Street journal recently reported that many Indian snacks were refused entry in the United States of America, after food inspectors from FDA found traces of pesticides, bacteria and mould in them. The FDA rejected many Indian snacks, amongst which products of Haldiram were the maximum due to the presence of “pesticides and other harmful bacteria in high levels.’
Of course, Halidram’s officials denied the charge and issued a statement saying, “”Our food is 100% safe and complies with the law of the land. A pesticide that is permitted in India may not be allowed there. And even if it is, they may not allow it in the same concentration as it is here.”
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration website says that the number of India food products rejected has been the highest in the first five months this year. And that’s saying a lot. While we think we Indians are eating healthier than our American counterparts who live on junk food, we are actually ingesting crap.
This is not the first time food products have come under the scanner. Who can forget the famous Cadbury controversy when live worms were found in many chocolate bars of Dairy Milk?
Or KFC’s rizo rice from its branch in Scindia House, Connaught Place, that were found to contain artificial colours.
While we ban Maggi from our lives and munch on other packaged snacks thinking we are safe, we really are jumping from the frying pan into the fire. Good luck, longevity. RIP, health.