Dead worms found in Complan pack in Lucknow, sample sent for test

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Jun 14, 2015 13:34 IST

A woman in the Uttar Pradesh capital found hundreds of dead worms in a pack of the Complan energy drink, prompting authorities to order a test just days after food giant Nestle withdrew its popular Maggi noodles across the country following food safety concerns.

The Food Safety and Drug Administration (FSDA) on Saturday sent a sample of Complan for testing after Mahanagar resident Tanisha Rai Singhania found the worms in a new pack of the popular energy drink.

Authorities also issued a notice to the manufacturer of Complan for selling a “poor quality product”.

On Saturday, Singhania opened a pack of Complan and added a couple of spoons of the powder to milk. She was horrified to see several worms floating on the surface of the milk.

“I wouldn’t have noticed if there were one or two worms, but there were hundreds in the packet. Some were white in colour while a few were black,” she said.

Singhania said her family recently bought the Complan pack, which bore a manufacturing date of February 2, 2015.

“It was shocking, as we have been using Complan since ages. We have already stopped consuming Maggi and now this,” she said.

Her husband Darshan Singhania filed a complaint with the FSDA, which seized the pack and sent it for testing.

“We have sent the sample for lab testing. Besides, we have also shot a strict mail to the company complaining about the substandard product,” said food safety officer Basant Gupta.

There was no immediate word on the matter from the manufacturer of Complan.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) recently directed food products giant Nestle to withdraw its top-selling nine variants of Maggi instant noodles after some samples were found to contain higher-than-permissible levels of lead and MSG. This was rejected by Nestle, which said its own independent tests suggested otherwise.

Several states issued their own ban orders for Maggi, even as the FSSAI widened its testing process to other brands of instant noodles and pasta with tastemaker.


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