Maggi noodles samples being tested in city

HYDERABAD: Samples of Maggi instant noodles, which is under controversy now, are being tested at a lab here as part of the nationwide exercise over the alleged presence of mono-sodium glutamate (MSG) and lead in their food products.

“We have taken 22 samples from our state. We have sent them for screening. Actual reporting time is two weeks maximum,” an official of Director of Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM), Telangana, said. The testing was being done as part of the nationwide drive on the directives from the Central food safety body, he added.

Samples of Maggi noodles were found “unsafe” for consumption in the national capital prompting Delhi government to contemplate action against its manufacturer Nestle India. A senior official in the Delhi government said the Maggi samples were found unsafe during lab testing.

Meanwhile, the Kerala government ordered pull out of Maggi noodles from all retail outlets while samples of the product in Haryana were lifted for testing even as a Bihar court ordered that an FIR be filed against its brand ambassadors Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit and Preity Zinta.

However, Nestle India claimed it has got samples tested in an external laboratory as well as in-house and that the product was found “safe to eat”. (NSS)

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