From Delhi to Kerala, Maggi ‘boils’

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The controversy over Maggi noodles gets tough as more states came forward to check the quality of the popular noodles from Nestle India.

The Delhi government on Tuesday informed that legal actions will be initiated against the company as 10 out of 13 samples of Maggi noodles, collected from around Delhi, were tested and found ‘unsafe’.

Following the test results, the Delhi government also summoned top officials from Nestle India. Delhi state government will open case against the company for “sale of an unsafe product” and is also considering a fine for “misbranding,” as it found five sample packs with monosodium glutamate, or MSG, without a declaration on the label.

Many other states also initiated actions after complaints were made regarding the quality of the noodles including Gujarat, Maharashtra, Bihar, Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.

Kerala has ordered a pullout of Maggi noodles from its about 1300 ‘Supplyco’ outlets till there is clarity on quality. T V Anupama, food safety commissioner, said the state has started testing random samples of Maggi noodles collected from different centres.

Meanwhile in Goa, the state Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has said that the Maggi noodles samples it tested were found to be safe for human consumption. It said that the samples tested negative for MSG and lead content.

In Bihar, a district court yesterday directed police to file FIR against film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit and Preity Zinta for promoting Maggi noodles. ACJM, Muzaffarpur, Ramchandra Prasad directed Kazi Mohammadpur Police Station to lodge an FIR against the actors along with two top Nestle India officials after a lawyer complained of falling ill after eating Maggi.

In Tamil Nadu, the food safety wing of the state has obtained samples of the noodles from Chennai and other places across the state. Officials informed that samples are being tested and results will be out after 2 days.

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