Even as the controversy over the Nestle's Maggi noodles rages on, senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Govind Maloo on Sunday has accused the fast food giants McDonald's, Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) of using chemicals that could lead to cancer, diabetes and other neurological problems.
In a letter to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Maloo has demanded that ingredients, additives and other attributes of products sold by the fast food giants be sent for laboratory tests.
While welcoming the decision of the state government to ban the instant noodle brand, he claimed that Pizza Hut, McDonald's and KFC were using "chemicals far worse than Maggi" in their snacks which could lead to cancer.
He requested Chouhan to ban the outlets of the three fast food giants if lab tests proved his allegations.
In the communiqué, Maloo also said that all the three food chains in question did not disclose the chemicals being used in their products on the pretext of trade secrecy.
"But when some sceptic customers got the product tested personally, they found traces of chemicals which made people addicted of those products," he wrote.
"Besides, injurious chemicals such as monosodium glutamate (MSG), butailated raksitolin (BHT), sodium nitrate and bisphenyl A (BPA) were also found in the products…(The) Maggi samples tested in Madhya Pradesh was found to have MSG only," he added.
The BJP leader said that according to experts some of these chemicals could be a major reason behind throat, prostrate, breast and other forms of cancer.
"Prolonged use of some other chemicals found in the products of the three multinational food chains could lead to diabetes and diseases concerning nervous system," Maloo said.