The apex food safety standards regulator of the country, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), under the administration of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, has verified the cheese used by McDonald’s India as 100% real cheese. The verification confirms the brand’s assertion that it uses 100% real cheese and that it does not use any cheese analogues or substitutes in any of its products.

The confirmation from the FSSAI explicitly states that “Articles in question contain cheese or cheese product as a part of composition and does not contain analogue in dairy context in any form”. This clean chit is a testament to its commitment to upholding stringent food quality standards across all its restaurants, at all times.

FSSAI is a statutory body formed and empowered under the food law i.e. the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, as the apex regulator as regards food law and food standards in India. FSSAI frames, issues, and lays down food regulations and food standards applicable throughout the country, and the same are final and binding on both companies in the food business and the State-level and local-level food and health authorities, administrations, and departments.

Along with this, McDonald’s India (W&S) received the results of the tests conducted by NABL (National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories) accredited lab yesterday, also confirming the use of 100% Real Cheese across its products.

It has always taken immense pride in sourcing authentic ingredients from globally recognized and approved suppliers, ensuring the highest levels of food quality for its valued customers. As a stringent and mandatory process, all the suppliers of the company rigorously test their products sold to McDonald’s, twice a year, by independent NABL-accredited food testing labs. For example, even preceding the recent media coverage, the brand’s cheese had already undergone and passed the evaluations as of September 2023.

Saurabh Kalra, MD, McDonald’s India (W&S), said, “The clean chit we have received from FSSAI, the India’s apex food safety standards regulator, affirms that our products contain 100% Real cheese, sourced from globally renowned suppliers. The recent tests conducted by NABL-accredited labs also validate this and the fact that our products do not contain any cheese analogues or substitutes. Since the inception of our operations in 1996, we have maintained a steadfast commitment to the highest levels of food quality. We assure our customers and stakeholders that all our products are crafted with genuine, quality ingredients without any compromises whatsoever.”