The Maharastra state government has asked its health regulator in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to check samples of Haldiram’s packaged snacks and find if they are fit for human consumption. Samples will reportedly be collected from the Nagpur-based leading domestic snack-maker from all over the state.
The news comes after reports of Haldiram products being banned recently by the US. The products had been banned after pesticides and Salmonella bacteria were traced in them.
A letter has been written to FDA Commissioner Harshdeep Kamble regarding the collection of samples and their lab testing, said Minister of State for FDA, Vidya Thakur. A report has been sought at the earliest.
“This is a very serious matter. Since Haldiram’s products are manufactured in the state and consumed by a large number of people, it is necessary to find out if the snacks are fit for human consumption,” Thakur stated in the letter.
Earlier last month, Nestle India had decided to withdraw Maggi from the market after six states, including Delhi and Gujarat, imposed a ban on the instant noodles following a food scare ignited by reports of excess lead content in some packets of the snack.