Nestle Milk Powder Sample Found Contaminated with Live Larvae
PTI | Updated: June 03, 2015 19:13 IST
Nestle India has courted fresh trouble after a preliminary test by a state agency of a sample of their milk powder allegedly found live larvae in it. The Drug Administration Department (food safety wing), tested the NAN PRO3 milk powder, bought by a cab driver and the initial report by one of its food analysts found live larvae in the sample.
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The report also found it unsafe for consumption as it contained live insects and did not conform to standards revealed a health department official on condition of anonymity. The driver had claimed that his child had developed skin allergy after consuming the milk and gave the sample for testing. The official said that they are awaiting a comprehensive report from the Government food safety laboratory.
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"We are aware of media reports that a consumer has found live larvae in a package of our NAN PRO-3 follow up milk. We have not been contacted by the consumer or the authorities in relation to this matter", Nestle India said in a statement.
The company said that it had placed 'strict food quality' and 'safety procedures' including pest control and quality checks at the different levels of manufacturing. "Our manufacturing technology excludes the possibility of insects living and surviving in the sealed package in which this product is sold," it said.(Lack of Safe Food Kills 2.2 Million Every Year: Experts)
Shortly before the package is sealed, any remaining oxygen present in products like NAN PRO-3 are completely removed to maintain freshness and nutritional value during the manufacturing process, ensuring no foreign particles are present in it, the company said.
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"The quality and safety of our products are the top priorities for our company. We always take such reports seriously and we are making every effort to obtain the information we need in order to investigate this consumer complaint", it clarified.
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