FSSAI suspended KFC Thoothukudi food safety licence due to the usage of a synthetic ingredient

Food safety officials have suspended the FSSAI licence of a KFC unit in Thoothukudi following the alleged use of magnesium silicate-synthetic for purifying used oil, which is illegal.

Speaking to TNIE, Food Safety Designated Officer Dr Mariappan said, “During a surprise inspection at the KFC unit at the Velavan hypermarket, we found the use of magnesium silicate synthetic, a food additive, to purify used oils, which is not permissible as per FSSAI standards. Not only were the used oils not destroyed, but the additive was not mentioned in the ledgers.

The officials confiscated 18 kg of magnesium silicate synthetic and 45 litres of used oil. They also seized 56 kg of chicken fried 12 hours ago. An oil sample purified by magnesium silicate synthetics and that of the chicken have been given for laboratory analysis. FSSAI licence of KFC unit suspended overuse of magnesium silicate synthetic.

Meanwhile, a statement released by the spokesperson of KFC, claimed that “KFC India is committed to following the best practices and international standards while cooking. High-quality oil and chicken are 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.”

In the meantime, a KFC spokeswoman declared in a statement that the fast food chain “is committed to following the best practices and international standards while cooking.” Reputable national suppliers provide premium oil and chicken, and strict adherence to all applicable safety and quality regulations established by the FSSAI and other pertinent agencies is maintained.”

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 The outlet cannot be opened until the order is withdrawn.

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