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Cadbury Chocolate Controversy

Ayushi Rajput February 18 2024 4:36 PM

Imagine finding a worm in your chocolate. Well, that's what happened to Robin Zaccheus in Hyderabad. He discovered a wriggling worm in his Cadbury chocolate purchased from Ratnadeep Metro, Ameerpet. This episode is not just about a contaminated sweet treat, but about public health and corporate responsibility. It shows that food safety needs to have a quality check.

The Disturbing Discovery

Mr. Zaccheus took to Twitter on 9th February to share a wriggling worm in his Cadbury chocolate, questioning the quality check processes of products nearing their expiry date. In his tweet, he raised concerns about the potential health hazards associated with such lapses in quality control. 

There used to be two layers of wrapping, including aluminum foil, to protect the chocolate. But it seems they removed it to save money, and this might be why worms got in. Especially in India's humid weather, aluminum foil acts as a barrier against such things. The chocolate lacking double wrapping might be the problem. it's not just about the chocolate itself; it's a problem with how it's packed and stored. Dairy Milk usually has both golden foil and white paper wrapping to keep worms out. Always check the product and its expiry date before eating. So, it seems more like a packaging issue than a problem with the chocolate. Or it could be due to how it's stored.

Cadbury's Response: Brand Power vs. Public Safety

Cadbury, a 199-year-old giant with a $6 billion brand value and a 70% market share in the Indian confectionery business, responded with an automated reply. However, the power of social media prevailed as Robin's post went viral, catching the attention of the Ministry of Health. The post quickly went viral, catching the attention of the Hyderabad Municipal Corporation's Food Safety Officer to inspect the store, leading to the recall of all products from the implicated batch.

FSSAI's Role and Future Implications

The incident raises questions about the lapses in storage, packaging, and warehousing within such massive corporations. This swift action demonstrates the critical role of regulatory bodies like the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). As a statutory body, FSSAI plays a crucial role in regulating and supervising food safety. 

The responsibility for ensuring food safety lies with the FSSAI, a statutory body established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. We encourage and request consumers to report concerns regarding packaging or storage guidelines to FSSAI, which takes such matters seriously and conducts investigations to ensure compliance with food safety regulations.


The Cadbury chocolate issue shows how important it is to make sure our food is safe. It's not just about the chocolate itself, but also how it's packed and stored, which can affect our health. This incident tells us we need to be careful when buying things, and the government should step in when there are problems. Rules should be stricter to make sure companies keep our food safe. We, as customers, shouldn't risk our health for a company's profit. So, let's stay aware, speak up when something's wrong, and ask companies to be open about what they sell. Our health is more important than enjoying a treat.

The responsibility lies not just with consumers but also with regulatory bodies to ensure the safety of our food supply. It's time for a collective effort to hold corporations accountable for their role in safeguarding public health.

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