Hindus are urging Heinz Australia to publicly apologize for hurting their feelings by not being open about the usage of beef in their juice/drinks production in the past.
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that cow was held sacred by Hindus and was considered the seat of many deities. Consuming beef was considered sacrilegious among Hindus.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that Heinz Australia should have clearly disclosed on their juice/drinks labels the usage of beef in the production process, thus alerting the Hindus and other consumers.
Moreover, Heinz Australia should also have clarified the usage of alcohol in the manufacturing of their juice/drinks as many Hindus were teetotalers and parents would not like to give that juice/drinks to children where alcohol was used in the production process. Heinz Australia should overhaul its labeling practices and bring more transparency, thus helping the consumer make conscious decisions, Rajan Zed stressed.
Heinz Australia should walk the talk and follow its own tagline seriously, which claims: “company that takes an active responsibility for its people, customers, community and environment”, Zed argued.
Headquartered in Victoria with history going back to 1880s, Heinz Australia is a $1 billion company with four manufacturing facilities.