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Food brands stretched by India safety record

Risks range from tainted water and patchy cold storage to a retail sector made up of tiny local grocers

Moga, India

AT a McDonald's plant outside Mumbai, 200 workers walk through air dryers and disinfectant pools, then get to work making the day's 25,000 patties from chicken painstakingly sourced in a country with one of the world's worst food safety records.

To safeguard its multibillion-dollar brand, McDonald's said, more than 100 checks that it applies across its international operations are then carried out after that.

India's tainted water, patchy cold storage network and a retail sector made up of tiny local grocers present a major risk for international food brands, whose reputation can suffer globally from one local slip.

This can mean educating hundreds of small, often illiterate, farmers...

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