Days after food safety authorities in Kerala banned the spices sold by a popular brand on charges of adulteration, it looks like the official behind the ban, TV Anupama IAS, will be moved from the current post.
As the Commissioner of Food Safety Control Department in the State, Anupama had ordered the ban on the chilly, coriander and turmeric powder sold by Nirapara brand after they were found to have more than the permissible quantity of starch.
Now, a Malayalam online portal suggests that the Kerala government is planning to shift her from the department and appoint her as a District Collector as the company, established in 1976, is very influential in the State and abroad.
Even though the products are banned in the South Indian State, they are reportedly available across the UAE.
"The products coming to the UAE are not the same batch that is distributed in Kerala. Dubai Municipality is conducting detailed tests. There is no need withdraw the product here. We strictly follow the UAE rules, and our brands are checked and released, authorities at Enhance UAE, the local distributor of the product says," Emirates247 quoted an official in UAE.
Meanwhile, popular local TV channels and newspapers came under the criticism of social media users after they failed to report the news on time as the company is a major advertiser.
Apart from spices, Nirapara also sells rice, flour, pickles, rava and instant mix products.