The UP Food Safety and Drug Administration (FSDA) have confirmed that some adulteration was found in oil in a KFC outlet in Allahabad district. The FSDA had collected samples of edible oil from a KFC outlet recently. After testing in a laboratory it was found that a substance called “miracle powder” was being used to keep the oil fresh. The oil also failed rancidity tests as the sample was found to test positive for rancidity.
If oil is tested positive for rancidity then it becomes acidic if it comes in contact with oxygen. Rancidity in oil affects the digestive system. There are a number of tests that can be used to indicate rancidity. However, just one test may not suffice to indicate rancidity as the data can be interpreted differently. More than one method of testing is required as there are a number of complexities in oxidation in fat. In the meanwhile notices have since then been sent to KFC on two counts. The franchise of KFC is with Yum Foods Private Limited.
Sometime back a sample of tomato sauce snack packing, at a Domino’s outlet in UP was found unsafe for consumption. After tests in the Kolkata laboratory confirmed this the FDA cancelled the license of the Domino’s outlet in Gajraula outlet in the Amroha district. Just as Domino’s failed quality food tests in Uttar Pradesh, it is now the turn of KFC to fail to make the grade.
Also, Maggi noodles have again failed quality tests by FSDA, as per reports. More than 500 samples of Maggi were collected from various UP districts and were found to have lead above the permissible limit of 2.5 parts per million and the samples are now being sent to the central FSDA.
Nestle has maintained they have complied with the food standards in India and say their Maggi instant noodles are safe. However, Health Minister JP Nadda said in the Rajya Sabha that the government has not banned Maggi but just asked Nestle to recall the product as some samples failed the quality test. Nestle has not yet provided the reasons for the high Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) level found in some samples.