#WeeklyRoundUp: Food Stories From The Past Week

So much happens in the world of food on a daily basis and sometimes it’s difficult to cover everything, so if we missed anything, we’ll add it to our weekly round-up and give you the lowdown on everything food related happening in India and around the world. From startups getting new funding to established brands expanding into new businesses, rebranding and revamping of popular brands and names, we’re covering everything that you might have missed out on.

We’re bringing you the brief versions of the big stories.

Five Brands of  Curry Powder Recalled Because of Lead-Contaminated Turmeric

Turmeric is an important ingredient in almost any curry and therefore, in curry powder as well. According to the Consumerist, five brands of curry powder was recalled due to the lead contamination of turmeric. In total, 377,000 pounds of curry powder has been affected from the brands Blue Mountain, Jamaica Choice, Ocho Rios, Oriental and Grace brand – all of which fall under the Oriental Packing Company.

This discovery came about when the New York Health Department did a routine sampling of the finished products. So far, there have been no illnesses reported in relation to the recalled products. “Lead can accumulate in the body over time and can cause serious and sometimes permanent adverse health consequences,” according to the Food and Drug Administration. Customers are also being asked to dispose of the recalled products or to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.


A New Craft Beer Fondly Remembers The Old Kanye West

Baltimore-area craft brewery Artisanal Stillwater Brewing misses Kanye West more than anyone else. The Kanye West before Keeping Up With the Kardashians, before Kim Kardashian and before he name dropped Taylor Swift in a song and hung out with Anna Wintour. The “I Miss the Old Kanye” is, according to the bewery, “a deconstructed Dr. Pepper inspired Porter” and has aromatic ingredients like clove, star anise, juniper and vanilla.

For those wondering why this name sounds familiar, the phrase is taken from Kanye West’s latest album, The Life of Pablo. This isn’t the first time they’ve been inspired by a famous rapper. Last year, they released “Hopvine Bling” inspired by Drake.


Multiplexes Fined For Not Selling Popcorn By Weight

The legal metrology department penalized multiplex theatres in Kochi for selling eatables and beverages without mentioning the volume and weight as per the law. These products – popcorn and soft drinks – were sold after categorizing them as small, medium and large based on the size of the containers. The irregularities came to light following an inspection by department officials in the shops attached to multiplex theatres in the wake of frequent complaints by customers.

“As per the Legal Metrology Act 2009, all products should be sold in standard units as prescribed by law. Beverages and drinking water should be sold in volume and eatables by weight. This will enable the customers to compare the prices of these products with those sold in other shops. Since they billed the customers based on the size of the containers, they won’t be able to know how much they have bought. In this scenario, it is difficult to make claims by the customers against the retailers,” said R Rammohan, deputy collector, central zone, legal metrology department.


Coca-Cola Suspends Operations at Dasna Bottling Plant

Operations have been suspended at a bottling plant of Coca-Cola India at Dasna in Uttar Pradesh after state authorities alleged environmental violations by the company. Confirming receipt of notice from Uttar Pradesh State Pollution Control Board (UPPCB), the company said it has submitted a detailed response to issues raised over the plant.

“Since UPPCB is reviewing the response, to show our commitment to compliance with regulatory norms, we decide to temporarily suspend manufacturing at Dasna plant,” Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd (HCCBL) said in a statement.


Other stories you might have missed

– Consumerfed is looking to make buying alcohol in Kerala easier, by letting you order online

– Maggi India has launched new noodles known as “Hot Heads

Nestle introduces cereal for kids, Ceregrow

SaleBhai.com raises Rs. 10 crore in investments from Times Group’s Brand Capital

Zappfresh, a raw meat e-tailer, raises fresh round of funding

– Restaurants in Bengaluru are backing out from home delivery services like Swiggy and Shadowfax