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FSSAI licence of Tamil Nadu KFC unit suspended for use of magnesium silicate synthetic additives
Tuesday, 09 July, 2024, 12 : 00 PM [IST]
Our Bureau, Bengaluru
Food Safety Standards Authority of India has now suspended a KFC outlet in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu, it has been temporarily cancelled for use of a synthetic additive.

The restaurant in Velavan Hypermarket complex was inspected by a team headed by District Food Safety Designated Officer Mariyappan and Area Food Safety Officer Kalimuthu on Thursday, July 4, according to a media report.

During the raid, it was discovered that a food additive called magnesium silicate-synthetic was added to purify used cooking oil without being mentioned in the stock register. This synthetic additive is prohibited for use in cooking, said the report.

Officials seized 18 kg of magnesium silicate-synthetic and 45 litres of old cooking oil purified using it. Further, 56 kg of pre-prepared chicken that had not been used for more than 12 hours was seized and destroyed, the report said

An order has been issued to further investigate this irregularity. Food will be sampled, analysed and legal action will be taken, as per a release from officials. The outlet cannot be opened until the order is withdrawn.

Issuing a statement  on the episode, KFC spokesperson said, “With respect to the recent media reports, we would like to clarify that the use of Magnesium Silicate as a clarifying agent is approved as per FSSAI; and all KFC chicken including marinated chicken is completely safe for consumption after cooking, as per FSSAI norms. We are actively engaging with the concerned authorities for swift and effective resolution of the issue. We assure consumers that KFC products served across the country are of the highest quality and safe for consumption."

"KFC India is committed to following the best practices & international standards while cooking. High-quality oil and chicken is sourced from reputed suppliers in the country, and all applicable safety and quality standards laid down by the FSSAI and other relevant authorities are followed stringently," said the spokesperson.
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