The world’s richest and most famous chocolate bar may have been born in India, but it’s also a source of conflict.
A new documentary by filmmaker and journalist Samir Khan details how chocolate producers in India have been working in secret to make their chocolate so toxic that it could lead to the deaths of their workers and consumers.
Khan told Business Insider that he and his team have been tracking the company behind Cashew Nut for almost three years, documenting how the company has been operating illegally in India.
The documentary, titled “Chocolate Is Killing You,” documents the origins of the company, its history and its role in the world of chocolate.
The company’s origins in the small state of Madhya Pradesh, India, dates back to the 1970s, when a company named Cashew Dairy Co. began selling its chocolate in India for the local market.
Since then, it has grown to become one of the largest chocolate producers and exporters in the country.
However, in 2010, the state of Maharashtra banned the sale of dairy products to minors and other restrictions were imposed.
The state then imposed a moratorium on the sale and production of dairy product, including cashews.
As a result, in 2011, Cashew’s chief executive, Rajesh Agarwal, set up a factory in the state to process and distribute the cashew kernels and to grow cashew butter, which he sold for the Indian market.
Agarwal was arrested in 2012 and was sentenced to three years in prison.
In 2016, he was released after serving four years.
In May 2017, Agarwawal pleaded guilty to embezzlement of over Rs 50 crore.
His company’s assets were seized, and the company’s business model was suspended.
The factory, which is currently run by his sons and former employees, was set up as a factory of last resort for the company to survive and continue operations, Khan said.
The Cashew Factory in Madhyaptarpeti, Maharashtra.
Image: Courtesy of Samir K. Khan and Cashew Foods Ltd.
According to Khan, the company is in the process of shutting down, and it has filed an appeal against the court’s order.
But Khan said the appeal is expected to be heard in December.
In India, Cashews are made from the same nut tree that makes cashews in China, but the company does not have a factory there, so it has to rely on farmers for its cashew milk.
The company has since been trying to find a factory, Khan explained, but is facing stiff competition from domestic producers.
According the Agarwals’ lawsuit, in India alone, between 2009 and 2017, it lost around Rs 100 crore in the market for cashews and other dairy products, which has made it difficult for it to pay its suppliers.
Kan said that he filed a similar case in 2014 in the United States.
The case was dismissed, but Khan said that his case is not over.
He said he wants the Indian government to investigate and punish the company and take steps to stop the spread of Cashew Milk.
“We need to be able to import cashews from other countries,” Khan said, adding that India has been exporting cashews to other countries.
Killing off the cashews of the world?
It is a story that’s a little bit familiar.
In 2013, the FDA issued a warning to consumers about the possibility of developing an allergic reaction to cashews after it received a number of reports of allergic reactions in individuals eating cashews containing genetically modified cashews, including from India.
It was only after the FDA warned people about the potential dangers of the GM cashew in 2015 that it began to investigate the link between Cashew and allergic reactions.
The FDA’s findings came after a 2016 study in India showed that people with allergies to GM cashews developed reactions in a similar way to the ones in the US.
A similar report was made by the World Health Organization in 2017.
In the wake of the 2016 study, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, a member of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, proposed to Congress that the FDA conduct a scientific study of the possible link between the GM and GM caseweed.
The FDA’s own findings came in 2018, though they did not include any links to allergies.
In 2019, FDA announced a new phase of testing for allergic reactions to Cashew in order to determine whether the GM is causing allergic reactions, a process that will take a year and a half.
The study is expected later this year.
While the FDA has already conducted a similar study, Khan says that the government should investigate the possible links between the company as well.
“The Indian government should know that this is a company that has been in existence for almost 40 years and that the Indian public have a right to know,” Khan told Business Update.
The cashew is also an important source of protein for people who are lactose