Haldiram’s top list of rejected items :The move comes as global food corporation Nestlé has been subjected to a nationwide ban in India of its Maggi noodles that have allegedly tested for high levels of lead. According to a Wall Street Journal report, more than half of all the snack products that were tested and then blocked from sale in the US in 2015 were from India. Indian products led the world in snack rejects in 2014 as well.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has rejected a number of snack imports made by Indian company Haldiram Snacks for concerns over high levels of pesticides, mold and bacteria. FDA first found pesticides in Haldiram’s products in September 2014 and has since refused imports of the company’s products 86 times. Among the products rejected have been Haldiram brand cookies, biscuits and wafers.
For the month February 2015, the FDA website lists out various Haldiram products under its snacks category in an ‘Import Refusal Report’ which lists refusal actions taken by the FDA against imported products.
The charge statement for every rejected Haldiram’s product reads: “The article is subject to refusal of admission pursuant to section 801(a)(3) in that it appears to be adulterated because it contains a pesticide chemical, which is in violation of section 402(a)(2)(B).”
The FDA website also lists out Nestle India products under its noodles and macaroni section of import refusal report. The FDA charges Nestle noodle products of misbranding. “The label fails to declare all major food allergens present in the product, as required by section 403(w)(1),” one of the charges reads. Other charges also say that the article labeling fails to “bear required nutrition information.”
This is how a table for rejected Haldiram’s product looks at the FDA website
Manufacturer FEI 3009445869
Manufacturer Name Haldiram Snacks Pvt. Ltd.
Manufacturer Address line 1 C-3, Sector- 67
Manufacturer Address line 2
Manufacturer’s City Noida
Manufacturer Province/State Uttar Pradesh
Manufacturer Country/Area India
Product Code 07BGH99
FDA Product Description:FRIED SNACK FOODS, N.E.C.