Tata Starbucks has suspended the use of ingredients not approved by food regulator FSSAI in certain products served at its India outlets, although it did not clarify which ingredients have been pulled out.
In an official statement from Avani Davda, CEO, Tata Starbucks Pvt Ltd, the company said it is “diligently working with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to provide the technical information relating to our pending ingredient applications that they have requested”.
“In line with the FSSAI guidelines, while we finalise the documentation necessary to complete these applications, Tata Starbucks has initiated the suspension of applicable ingredients from certain products served in our India stores,” the company said.
“These actions ensure that we are able to continue delivering the unique Starbucks Experience to our customers without disruption,” it said.
“It is important for me to emphasise that all of the imported globally standardized ingredients we serve in India, including those we are suspending, are safe and meet the safety standards in over 65 countries where Starbucks operates. All of these imported ingredients received the then applicable product testing and safety authorizations when they were imported into India,” Davda said in the note.
“As a premium global retailer, Starbucks has the highest standards for the safety and quality of the beverages and food we offer our customers, and we are committed to complying with the regulations in every market we operate in,” she concluded.