It however did not give details of the ingredients it is removing pending FSSAI approval. The company said it will use other FSSAI-approved ingredients that meet Starbucks global standards so as to enable it to continue offering its range of beverages.
"These actions ensure that we are able to continue delivering the unique Starbucks Experience to our customers without disruption," it said.
The company maintained that all its imported ingredients, including the ones it is suspending, were "safe and meet the safety standards in over 65 countries where Starbucks operates." "All of these imported ingredients received the then applicable product testing and safety authorisations when they were imported into India," the statement said. Starbucks, it said, has "the highest standards for the safety and quality of the beverages and food" offered to customers. "We are committed to complying with the regulations in every market we operate in."