Mango Bite banned from stores

Watchdog says banned ingredients used in products

In a consumer-friendly initiative, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Konkan division, has ordered Parle Products to recall the entire stock of its popular mango candy “Mango Bite”, dubbing it as “harmful” and “unsafe” for consumption.

The development comes in the wake of the FDA’s recent raids on two locations — the company’s manufacturing unit in Raigad district and storage premises at Bhiwandi in Thane district—during which stocks Mango Bite and other ingredients used for the manufacture of the confectionery totally valued at Rs20 million (Dh1.39 million).

The raids were a fallout of the information that Parle Biscuits at Kirkhinde in Raigadh district was using buffered lactic acid, an adulterant, in the manufacture of the confectionery. The use of buffered lactic acid, according to official sources, has been banned by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

According to Joint FDA (Food) Commissioner S.K. Shere, the seized stocks included the finished goods of Sugar Boiled Confectionery worth Rs1.46 million (Parle Kachha Mango Bite) which were packed in jars. The FDA officials also seized 8,158 kg of buffered lactic acid.

In addition, stocks of Mango Bite were also seized from a storage unit at Bhiwandi.

The FDA officials said that the samples of the seized goods have been drawn and sent to a laboratory for testing.

The FDA squad has prima facie established that Mango Bite was being produced using lactic acid. The use of lactic acid has been banned in the foodstuffs after the court found the product unsuitable to eat and it was ruled out in Food Safety & Standard Act of 2006.

Lactic acid, also acknowledged as milk acid, is chiefly found in milk products. It is responsible for the sour taste of milk products. It has been banned by the FSSAI, owing to its tooth decaying side-effect.