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Yewale tea masala under FDA scanner

Yewale tea masala under FDA scanner

Pimpri Chinchwad: Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) officials on Tuesday said they would soon fix responsibility after finding synthetic food colour in the tea masala of Yewale tea.

“We will seek state FDA commissioner’s (Mumbai) permission for filing a case regarding the food Act violation,” S S Deshmukh, FDA’s joint commissioner (food), Pune division, told TOI.

“An FDA team visited Yewale Food Products in Kondhwa and collected samples of tea powder, tea masala (pack and loose) and sugar on September 21, 2019. It seized a stock, worth Rs5 lakh and kept with the distributor, on suspicion and with label shortcomings,” he said.

“The report of the state health laboratory (Pune) stated that the samples were of required standards. We sent the samples again for testing at the referral laboratory in Mysuru on November 13, 2019. The report stated that the tea masala (loose) sample had tartrazine synthetic food colour. The item was declared unsafe,” Deshmukh said.

Yewale tea director Navnath Yewale said, “We do not know about the new report. It concerns our product so we should have been informed of it. We feel it is a conspiracy against us. The analysis report of samples collected in September stated that there was nothing wrong. We use natural products, and not any prohibited or banned substances.”

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