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Animal extract in idli, dosa batter? Bengaluru’s iD trashes communal social media posts

The communal posts accuse the company of mixing 'cow bones and calf rennet' to its idli-dosa batter and allege the food start-up 'employs only Muslims'.

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Bengaluru: Popular ready-to-cook food manufacturer, iD Fresh Food, Monday called out social media posts that falsely accused the company of using animal extracts in their products. A communally charged viral claim, that has since been countered by the company, also accuses iD Fresh Food of “employing only Muslims”.

iD Fresh Food, the Bengaluru-based company that shot to popularity with its ready-to-cook idli and dosa batter, was founded by P.C. Musthafa.

“We would like to clearly specify that iD uses only vegetarian ingredients to make its products. iD idly Dosa batter is made from rice, urad dal, fenugreek and RO water only, which are 100% natural and vegetarian agro-commodities. There are no animal extracts used in any of our products,” read a statement from the company.

The company said they had to issue an official statement given the “intensity of misinformation that was being spread”.

‘Company employs only Muslims’, say social media posts

In a social media post, whose origin is still unknown, iD company has been falsely accused of mixing cow bones and calf rennet in their batter.

“All the Chennai stores and supermarkets are selling the Idly/Dosa paste produced and marketed by iD Foods!! Do you know they mix cow bones and calf rennet to make volume of the batter(SIC)? How many really know that this company employs only Muslims and is Halal certified?,” the viral Facebook and Whatsapp post reads.

A shorter version of the same misleading post has been shared on Twitter by multiple handles. The post goes on to add, “Every single Hindu should refrain from iD batter and products,” inciting one community against the products of the company.

Ever since iD Fresh Food issued a statement calling out the fake viral post, support has been pouring in for the company and its founder with many vouching for their food products.

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