15 June 2015 – food safety and processed food

There is an article in the Financial Times (Amy Kazim 13 June 2015) about food safety concerns in some processed foods produced and sold in India by multinationals. These have emerged after India’s food safety authorities ordered Nestlé’s Maggi noodles (a favourite ‘comfort’ food in India) off shop shelves after tests showed some packets had lead levels above permissable limits.

Concerns about lead – and other toxins – also extend to contaminated water supplies where tests have shown dangerous levels of pesticide residues on vegetables sold in open markets. Ravi Agarwal, founder of NGO Toxics Link, says that the clean-up must extend beyond the end product to an overhaul of how food is grown and marketed.

You can read more about the Maggi noodles case here