Brand Kashmir being maligned: Kanwal

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‘Have initiated legal action against SMC Health Officer’

SRINAGAR:  Kanwal Agro Food Industries Anantnag Tuesday termed the claims made by a Health Officer of Srinagar Municipal Corporation as hollow and void and said that the company has initiated legal action against the said officer for maligning the image and credibility of the company.

Pertinently, SMC Health Officer in a statement on Monday had asked people to refrain from using Saunf powder manufactured by M/S Kanwal Agro Food Industries Anantnag as according to him it contained added coloring matter namely Carmoisine and Tartrazine that are unsafe for health.

The Kanwal Industries has said that  the sample Saunf powder was  sent to the office of the Public Analyst Kashmir Province who cleared the samples as unadulterated and fit for consumption. The concerned Health Officer, as per his statement, was “dissatisfied with the report” of the PFA Kashmir and thereof claims to have sent the counter samples of the Sounf Powder to the Central Testing Laboratory Kolkatta to counter verify the sample for chemical characteristics and the report furnished by the said laboratory claims that it found that colour additives, namely Carmoisine and Tartrazine were found in the tested samples.

“We have initiated legal action against the concerned Health Officer as no SOP’s have been followed in our case and the rules and regulation laid down in the the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 were not followed,” the Company statement reads.

Meanwhile Company has directed all distributors, retailers and consumers to stop the sale or distribution of Sounf powder bearing batch No KA/SP/E/PKG. Dated:04-06-2013 ,if available and return the same to Kanwal Agro Food Industries at an earliest so that the same maybe be destroyed.

“We reassure the general public that neither Carmoisine nor Tartrazine are mixed in our Sounf powder nor can it be mixed since that would impart red or yellow colour to the product,” the statement reads. (CNS)

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