India-made products are on top of the list of rejected items by the US Food and Drug Administration. In 2015, food products manufactured in India have been rejected more than products from any other country. The notable items on the list released on the website of USFDA were made by Haldiram’s, a Indian sweets and savouries manufacturer.
The FDA rejected many of Halidram’s products and has listed out various items under the snacks categories in its ‘Import Refusal Report’. The charge statement against Haldiram’s products reads, “The article is subject to refusal of admission pursuant to section 801(a)(3) in that it appears to be adulterated because it contains a pesticide chemical, which is in violation of section 402(a)(2)(B).”
Products made in India have come under more scrutiny since the Nestle’s Maggi noodles was banned for containing an high amount of lead. The USFDA have also started to test shipments of Maggi, which are manufactured in India and has listed Nestle India products in the ‘Import Refusal Report’ as well.
The rejection of India-made products is nothing new as edible items manufactured in the country have consistently appeared at the top of rejected items by the FDA. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, more than half of the snack products rejected from selling in the US in 2015 were manufactured in India. Indian products has also been on the list for 2014.