Delhi government on Wednesday banned the sale of Maggi noodles produced by Nestle, from its stores, after it found lead and monosodium glutamate (MSG) beyond permissible limits, in the samples.
The ban of the food item came after 10 out of the 13 samples that the government had collected and tested for lead content in the noodles, were found to have amounts higher than the permissible limits.
Other states like Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Haryana, Karnataka, Goa, Bihar and West Bengal, have also initiated actions after complaints were made regarding the quality of the noodles.
Kerala has ordered a pullout of Maggi noodles from about 1300 of its ‘Supplyco’ outlets till there is clarity on the quality issue. 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.