The world’s largest consumer of glue, chewing gum, has been accused of using it for its own gain.
Gum, which is used to form a paste on plastic bottles, has become a target of gum thieves in India.
The country has been on a clampdown against counterfeiters and fraudsters in recent years, as well as the threat of being sued for the destruction of valuable artworks.
Grum’s maker, Bollywood company, said it had started working on a gum replacement product.
But the products, which are being manufactured in China and made in India, are not made in the country and do not have the same quality and durability, the company said.
The company, which had been manufacturing gum since 2014, said the products are being produced in China for an Indian firm and are produced in the same factories as its flagship brand, Kode, that sells in India as well.
The products have been widely criticized by consumers and authorities, including the Supreme Court of India, which has banned them and said the companies who manufacture them have breached consumer laws.
In a statement on Friday, the court said the “chewing gum” products were being produced by Bollywood companies in India for a foreign firm.
The Supreme Court said the manufacturers had violated consumer law and should be banned from manufacturing gum in India.
“The Supreme court has held that Bollywood brands are not licensed in India and it is unlawful for them to produce chewing gum in the Indian market,” the statement said.