Kashmir's top food brands Kanwal and Kyber, who are facing accusation of selling substandard and adulterated food items, have come up with clarifications denying use of any such materials.
Khyber Agro Farms on Saturday issued advertisements in local dailies, denying using any harmful material for manufacture of packed milk. There were allegations of traces of detergents in the milk.
"Till date, the company has not been informed by any authority with regard to collection and analysis of samples of milk contents," said the company's public clarification.
It said the company had reasons to believe that "officials of the food safety department are in collusion with competitors of our products". "The company intends to take legal action against all persons, authorities and officials of department, and also government, who are bent upon tarnishing our well-earned reputation," it said.
The company said it was seeking complete information from the food safety department "to ascertain the genesis of false propaganda against the company and its products".
Another major brand, Kanwal also refuted the SMC allegation of using banned colouring agents like Carmoisine and Tartrazine in its funnel product.
"The health officer concerned has done testing without seeking permission from the honourable court of law, which is a violation of particular norms and regulations," said Farooq Amin, CEO of the Kanwal group.
He claimed that several samples, which were sent to laboratories outside, were found to have no traces of any harmful elements as claimed by the SMC