They say you are what you eat. If this was to be true, most of us would have been transformed into Maggi by now. We all are aware of the severe examination of Maggi which is undergoing for the high content of lead it contains. But it is not the only one product that has been in trouble. There have been similar cases where a food product landed in trouble for some serious, and sometimes some very unusual reasons.
Here are the list of certain food brands that got into serious trouble for maintaining and living up to the desired quality standards:
1. Nestle was in trouble for unethical publicity of unhealthy baby milk alternatives
The company was accused for selling unhealthy alternatives for baby milk, by using publicity tricks that were unethical. In 1976, the company had successfully won a related lawsuit but was boycotted in countries like US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
The boycott still remains in some parts even though the company proclaims that the product is fit by every standard.
2. Quaker Oats experimented by feeding radioactive oats to mentally ill kids
In 1950, Quaker Oats was involved with the most shocking experiment ever. The product company along with MIT and the very Harvard University fed the radioactive oats to mentally ill kids for a research. The results got from the research were later used as an advertising campaign.
3. Kellogg's recalled 28 million boxes of cereals due to a chemical leakage in 2010
In 2010 in US, the company had to recall four types of popular cereals due to a strange 'smell' coming from the packaging boxes, which was due to the compound leakage. The four varieties which were included in this controversy were Honey Smacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops and Apple Jacks.
4. Burger King got into trouble when horse-meat was found in its beef samples
In 2013, the leading food chain got into controversies because of its products was found with horse-meat in UK. The company refused to accept the charges initially but later blamed its suppliers for such a blunder.
5. McDonald's got into trouble when it served beef flavored French fries to Hindus in the US
In US a lawsuit was filed against the very famous food-chain in 2010 by a group of vegetarians and some Hindus for adding beef flavor to its french fries. This practice was later discontinued and the company had to apologize for it.
6. Haldiram's is in trouble because high contents of bacteria pesticides and mold were found in its products
According to the US FDA, the products by the company were tested and were found to be harmful because high levels of pesticides, mold and bacteria were present in it. The report said that cookies, biscuits and wafers of Haldiram’s are ‘filthy, putrid or decomposed – otherwise unfit'.
7. Kinder Joy, was banned in the US because it has a 'non-nutritive object embedded in it' which caused choking
The US's 1938 Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act contains a section that highlights that a confectionery product with presence of a non-nutritive object, partially or completely embedded within it, will not be sold within the United States. There were cases of children getting choked with the toy and hence it got banned for a long time.
8. Tata Starbucks' 32 ingredients rejected on assessment of risk/safety in India
Recently, 32 ingredients of this famous coffee chain were ruled out in India. Among the rejected products were the famous add-ons like caramel sauce and hazelnut syrup. The company accepted the rejections without any trouble as the replacements have been found already.
9. Cadbury was in trouble because worms were found in their very popular Dairy Milk
In October 2003, customers in Mumbai complained about finding worms in Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolates. The Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration seized all the stocks of Cadbury which were manufactured at Cadbury's Pune plant. The company spent a lot on the packaging and its image to restore what it lost.
10. Pesticides were found in Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo soft drinks
In 2006, Pepsi and Coca-Cola were banned across different Indian states after an environmental pressure group said that they found pesticides in drinks produced by the Indian arms of the companies.
11. Red Bull doesn't 'give wings', proved a $13 million lawsuit
A regular consumer of Red Bull sued the company on the basis of advertising for wrong facts. After arguing that even after drinking Red Bull for 10 years, he neither got wings nor any enhanced athletic or any intellectual performance. Surprisingly, the company lost the law suit and had pledged to refund $10 to any US customer who bought the drink since 2002 and agreed to amend future advertising.