Published On : Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015

FDA gives clean chit to Haldiram products

No lead, bacteria found in sample tests

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Nagpur: Within the month of July, the FDA officials had collected 20 samples from Nagpur and Mumbai regions and tested it in its laboratories. Samples of Haldiram’s Bhujia, Navratna Namkeen, Sev, Potato Chips, Takatak and Moong Dal were taken for the tests.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Maharashtra, has given a clean chit to Haldiram group, finding “clinically no problems in its products”. Within the month of July, the FDA officials had collected 20 samples from Nagpur and Mumbai regions and tested it in its laboratories. Samples of Haldiram’s Bhujia, Navratna Namkeen, Sev, Potato Chips, Takatak and Moong Dal were taken for the tests.

While talking to media, Harshdeep Kamble, commissioner, FDA concluded saying, “The report of all tests conducted on these 20 samples has come. We have not found any contamination or sign of high lead or bacteria etc, in these samples. Hence, as of now, customers do not need to worry about Haldiram products.”

After the tests, it was found that the Lead component was in the range of 0.8 to 1.73 ppm, which is quite normal. “It should not cross above 2.5 ppm limitation,” Kamble said. Sources says, FDA in Telangana has also conducted these tests on Haldiram samples, but found nothing.

A month back, FDA has been asked to collect packaged food samples of the Nagpur-based leading domestic snack-maker from all over the state, after reports emerged that its products have been banned in the US. Subsequently, Maharashtra government had asked its health regulator to check samples of Haldiram’s packaged snacks to find if they are fit for human consumption. The decision was taken in view of reports that Haldiram’s packaged products had been banned in USA as pesticides and Salmonella bacteria were found in them. “In our tests, we didn’t find any pesticides or Salmonella bacteria,” Kamble said.

Also it had come soon after on the heels of the Maggi controversy. The Nestle’s noodles brand faced the heat and was recalled from markets after tests showed it contained lead beyond permissible limits.