6 Indian brands whose safety has been questioned just like Maggi’s

Nestle India has been facing its worst nightmare in its nearly 30 years of operations in India. The bestselling product of its portfolio, Maggi has been banned due to presence of MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) and Lead above permissible limits. The product single handedly contributed to around 20% to Nestlé’s topline. Maggi had become a brand recognized in every Indian household and it’s appalling to see how a multinational has duped its consumers by selling them potentially hazardous product.

Funny meme on maggi ban and its hazardous effects


But, Maggi is not the first whose safety has been questioned. There is a long list of products whose safety has been questioned in the past. Remember, the outrageously high level of Pesticides reported in Coke and Pepsi.

Cartoon depicting use of Coke and Pepsi as pesticides in fields by farmers


All these issues which crop up every now and then lead to the conclusion that Food safety testing should be taken seriously with more accountability. It’s not true that only foreign brands have been summoned, some Indian brands too have been banned or recalled.

These are some Indian brands which can under lens for not following safety regulations:

1. “Dhara Dhara Shuddh Dhara”

Dhara edible oil, a product of Mother Dairy, was the market leader in Edible oil market. It was highly regarded for its purity, freshness and value. We all grew up watching the “Jalebi” ad by Dhara.

Dhara jalebi ad

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But, a controversy related to use of poisonous Castor oil in Dhara caused the brand huge embarrassment. The consumers suffered with a disease called “Dropsy”. The consumer perception was so negative that all Dhara product lines were recalled from market.

2. Safety concerns regarding best-selling cars manufactured in India

It was a horrifying moment for all Indian car owners when NCAP (Global body which test automobile safety standards) revealed that all best-selling Indian cars failed its crash test. Most cars didn’t meet UN and Global NCAP safety standards.

NCAP test  revealing several best selling cars failed crash test


Among the failed ones, some prominent brands were Maruti Suzuki Alto, Hyundai i10, Volkswagen Polo etc. Despite being caught for these violations, the car companies emphasized on the fact that there cars were following all the norms set by Indian government.

Ford Figo was the only car which passed the NCAP crash test without airbags


3. Ranbaxy – Company with a never ending spree of product safety violations

From being the top Indian pharmaceutical company to its present, the best is certainly over for Ranbaxy. The company has been constantly caught up in controversies regarding product safety violations. The USFDA has already imposed a ban on products imported from the company. The latest blow came from FSSAI when it rejected the product highly successful “Revital” drug often seen endorsed by cricketer “Yuvraj Singh” and movie star “Salman Khan”.

Revital ad by Salman Khan - Jiyo jee bhar ke

The paradox that the product tagline was “Jiyo Jee bhar ke” while it itself was unsafe for consumption is funny.

4. Venky’s – The Chicken seller

Venky’s is a very popular Ready-to-cook food chain renowned for its processed Chicken products and ownership of the Blackburn Rovers football club. They are also one of largest poultry company of Asia. But, the news of their two products getting rejected by FSSAI certainly raised eyebrows. The food safety auditor deemed these products unsafe for consumption.

Venky's ready to eat Chicken product

5. Tata Nano – The engineering marvel from Indian automobile industry

When Ratan Tata unveiled Tata Nano, it was hailed as an engineering marvel. The concept to produce the cheapest car was a dream of Ratan Tata and he succeeded. But, soon after launch, incidents like engine catching fire started raising safety concerns for the car and tarnished its image. These initials hiccups proved to be costly to the company as Nano sales never picked up to the level it was expected to.

Nano engine catching fire in Mumbai

 6. Tzinga – The Indian energy drink

Tzinga was an indigenous energy drink by Hector Beverages, an Indian company based in Gurgaon. Tzinga was an instant success due to its unique flavors and affordable cost. But, in a recent crackdown, FSSAI banned several energy drinks including Tzinga and Monster. Despite being banned, these drinks are openly available at retail stores.

Tzinga from Hector Beverages has been banned by FSSAI

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