Starbucks Removes Certain Flavorings From Indian Stores Over Health Concerns


Customers queuing up at Starbucks outlets in India will for now have to do without some of the coffee chain’s popular flavorings in their drinks, after the company suspended the use of certain ingredients rejected by Indian food safety inspectors, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The move comes days after Indian food safety inspectors banned Nestle’s popular Maggi noodles labeling them “unsafe and hazardous” after samples of the snack allegedly showed excessive levels of lead. Nestle, which pulled the noodles off shelves across the country earlier this month, insists the product is safe, saying it has conducted its own tests that showed levels “well within regulatory limits established in India.”

In a statement, Starbucks India — a joint venture between the U.S. coffee giant and the Indian conglomerate Tata — said it was working with India’s food safety inspectors to “to provide technical information relating to our pending ingredient applications…

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