The Kerala food safety authorities have reportedly banned some spices of popular brand Nirapara on charge of adulteration.
Food safety commissioner TV Anupama ordered the ban on Friday on manufacture, storage, sale and distribution of these products after it was found that the spices being sold in the powder form had been adulterated with cheaper starch powder, some reports said.
The products banned by the food safety commissioner included Nirapara chilly, coriander and turmeric powder, manufactured by KKR Food Products in Kalady.
Reports suggest that the rate of adulteration ranges from 15-70% after the products were analysed at the state analysis lab. It can be noted that 30 similar cases against the brand are pending in courts in different parts of Kerala.
Some reports have even suggested that a case will be registered against actress Kavya Madhavan, who is the brand ambassador of Nirapara curry powder.
Apart from spices, the company established in 1976, also deals in rice, flour, pickles, tava and instant mix products.