Maganlal Chikki In Lonavala under FDA Hammer

Dec 15, 2018

In shocking wave of news coming from FDA, the popular brand Maganlal’s Chikki of Lonavala; has been asked to stop manufacturing making chikkis by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Maganlal Food Products need to complete the certain formalities and documentation, ensuring total cleanliness procedure and product safety before they resume making chikki once again. Till then the business stands of “Pause” mode.

 “We found that they have not appointed a well-qualified people to supervise the manufacturing process and to ensure that the products are safe to be provided as wholesome food”, said Suresh Deshmukh, Joint Commissioner, Pune.

“There is no laboratory to test the products. So we served notices on Maganlal Food Products that manufactures chikki, jelly and fudge. They manufacture products in an unclean and dirty environment,” said another official from the FDA. “We did not know whether the water they were using was potable. So, we served them a notice asking them to stop production and sale of their products until they fulfill the conditions of the Food Safety and Standards Act.”

“We have been asked to stop production and distribution until we fulfill certain conditions,” said Ashok Agarwal, owner of Maganlal while speaking to the media. “The inspection team found some lacunae in documentation, which we will fulfill in three to four days and resume production. We have a license for packaging but they have told us to get a license for manufacturing and packaging. On Tuesday evening itself, I made an online application for the license.”

“We obtained the requisite license for transportation on Tuesday. We were following the old FDA norms. But now new FSSAI norms have come into force and we will follow those rules. Even so, we feel we will face a loss of around Rs.50 lakh, per day,” he added.

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