Maggi noodles face trouble in more states

High lead and MSG content: Delhi bans the product for 15 days

pankaj

Pankaj Kumar | June 3, 2015


#maggi noodles   #nestle   #food safety   #FSSAI   #lead   #MSG   #Ram Vilas Paswan  

The Maggi brand of noodles, manufactured by multinational firm Nestle, is in a deeper soup. What started with a safety test last month in Uttar Pradesh is now expanding to more states, as authorities ordered tests, suspecting high lead and MSG (monosodium glutamate) content in the popular instant-food product.

Nestle India, meanwhile, has accused the media of negative reporting. It claimed on Tuesday that it regularly monitors the content of lead and MSG in its raw materials through accredited labs and it has always been within the permissible limits.

The food safety and standards authority of India (FSSAI) has asked all states to carry out tests on all variants and food products of the Maggi brand and submit their reports by June 5.

On Tuesday, the Delhi government banned the sale of Maggi for 15 days and asked the company to clear its stocks after it found high levels of lead and MSG in samples, even as Nestle officials met the state’s health minister Satyendra Jain.

Maggi samples are being collected and tested in several states including Telangana, Karnataka and Maharashtra. In Telangana 22 samples have been collected and results are expected in 14 days. Maharashtra authorities have said they found no violation of permissible limits in the sample collected in the state so far. Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have also ordered lab tests, whereas the West Bengal food department convened a high-level meeting to take a view on the development.

The centre too has stepped in the controversy and said it will probe the matter. Consumer affairs, food and public distribution minister Ram Vilas Paswan said, “The company will be punished if excessive amount of lead and MSG is found in Maggi.”

The controversy started last month when the UP food and safety and drug administration asked Nestle to withdraw Maggi noodles manufactured in February 2014 as samples of that batch were found to be containing high levels of Lead and MSG.

Comments

 

Other News

“The focus area is to minimise pendency, do more quality work”

The functioning of a national commission, be it NHRC, NCSC or NCST, depends on its head. Being the chief information commissioner (CIC), what is your vision for CIC?  And what has been your experience so far? The chief information commissioner and ten informa

CIC’s changing status quo

With the help of Right to Information (RTI), the common man not only has the right to know, but also the right to question those in power. This is the foundation of democracy,” said prime minister Narendra Modi at the tenth anniversary celebrations of the Central Information Commission (CIC)

Do you think the fiscal year should be from January to December?

Do you think the fiscal year should be from January to December?

Will Delhi see the highest ever turnout in the upcoming civic polls?

Historically, voter turnout for local elections has lagged behind state assembly elections and general elections.    For example, a recent report by Janaagraha shows that Surat recorded 40 percent voter turnout in local polls, 30 percent less than state elections

Women sensitized about their rights

 A group of women were sensitized about their rights at a workshop held in the national capital on Saturday. They were informed about the anti-harassment laws and legal provisions to safeguard women inside and outside their workplace.   The workshop – organ

AAP’s uncertain future, irony of being Advani, and an author seeks freedom of speech

The Narendra Modi- Arvind Kejriwal antagonism has always been about two different kinds of populism. While it may not play out in a municipal election, the fact remains that a Kejriwal chastened by Goa and Punjab faces a mid-term test in the municipal elections. For a politician harbouring intentions of



Video

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter