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Worms found in chocolate packet

Syed Firdaus Ashraf in Mumbai | October 03, 2003 21:48 IST

The Food and Drug Administration of Maharashtra has ordered the seizure of all Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolates from the multinational giant's factory at Talegaon near Pune after worms were detected in a chocolate bar.

FDA Commissioner Uttam Khobragade told "A Cadbury stockist found worms coming out of Dairy Milk chocolates. He informed the manufacturer. But when they did not act on his complaint, he approached me."

Khobragade said he had crosschecked the stockist's claim and found it to be true. "I opened a Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate sealed pack this morning and found a live worm coming out."

He said the FDA is in the process of sending notices to the manufacturer.

A Cadbury spokesman, however, said the company has not yet received any FDA communication on the issue. "We would like to reiterate that Cadbury India follows stringent quality procedures," he said. "Chocolate is a food product that requires specific care and attention in manufacturing and storage. At all Cadbury plants, every manufacturing process is closely monitored by experienced technical personnel, and a quality assurance team tests finished goods before their dispatch for sale."

The spokesman said chocolates are vulnerable to infestation if they are stored near grains and cereals, or in unhygienic conditions. The company, therefore, provides retailers with storage dispensers and visicoolers to give adequate protection to its products. Additionally, every Cadbury product label mentions the care instruction: 'Store in a cool, hygienic and dry place.'

"We believe that by and large retailers follow our operating instructions and adhere to the required storage conditions," he said.

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I dont care whether the manufacture is responsible or the stockist, but ultimately who is gonna have it? its us. Do u think the consumer ...

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This sounds terribly like the "pesticides in cola" episode. Why are all these contaminations suddenly being discovered when it is time for the elections and ...

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The other day we heard news that samples of Milk were contaminated, now on the other hand remember the Cadbury wrapper with a bar of ...

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Well, 'worms in chocolates news' is as sensational as pesticides in colas. Where are we heading to? As a layman,chocolate making process involves heat and ...

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The company should be punished to the peak since in India the choclates maximum were consumed by childern and the negligent attitude of the company ...

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