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Fungus in packet of cheese

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NEW DELHI: Manisha Mudgal, mother of a two-and-a-half-year-old child, had not bargained for fungus and the smell of kerosene when she bought a packet of cheese slices here the other day.

"I always buy Britannia cheese and my child usually eats the slice before the bread. But this time when I gave it to her, she refused to eat it. First I thought she was being fussy, but then I tasted it. It smelt of kerosene,'' she said.

Horrified, she took the packet back to the shop she bought it from. "I think it is a matter of great concern as the product is aimed at children. They must ensure that there are safety standards in place,'' she says.

The company for its part maintained that this was the first time they had received such a complaint. "We have the most hi-tech cheese manufacturing unit in the country. We take great care in ensuring that the product reaches the consumer in the best condition. We move it in refrigerated trucks. It iskept in cold storage even with our dealers and retailers. But we will have to test the sample in the laboratory,'' said a company official.

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