Misleading labeling and multiple regulatory standards in India, were some of the main reasons for the alleged violations.

Investigation by Australian radio finds imported Indian food brands unsafeImage for representation
news News Monday, October 31, 2016 - 09:38

A radio broadcaster in Australia has revealed that a worrying amount of heavy metals, carcinogenic insecticide and arsenic have been found in multiple food products from leading brands that were being imported into the country from India.

According to SBS Punjabi Radio, the journalists sent 18 products purchased at Indian specialty stores across greater Melbourne to the National Measurement Institute, a food testing lab accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities.

The tests reportedly found many violations, with products including Kohinoor basmati rice alleged to contain Buprofezin - an insecticide banned in Australia, while Indian spice brand MDH was reported to contain pesticides above the accepted Australian limit.

The investigation also claimed to find four other products which were unsafe due to the levels of lead, copper and insecticide residues, including Cerelac, Complan, Indus Basmati and Verka Ghee.

The report also added that misleading labeling and multiple regulatory standards in India, were some of the main reasons for the alleged violations.

You can listen to the entire investigation below.

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