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Delhi Government Bans Maggie: Assam & Meghalaya Order Tests

Chumthang News Service,
Imphal, 4th June, 2015: Governments of Assam and Meghalaya on Wednesday started lifting samples of Maggi noodles randomly for laboratory testing amid a row over alleged lapses in its food safety standards.

The Meghalaya health department has also issued an advisory asking people to restrain themselves from consuming the product temporarily. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said he has sought a report from the Health department. “Necessary action will be taken if samples are found unsafe,” he said. Assam Principle Secretary (health) Sanjeev Kumar said 35 samples have been collected from various places and sent for food analysis.

In Shillong, the Department of Health and Family Welfare held a meeting with the officials of food safety standards on Wednesday.Assistant Commissioner of Food Safety Standards, DDS Mukhim told The Sentinel that samples of the maggi products have been sent for analysis at the State Public Health Lab, Assam. The samples were sent last week and the report is expected by Friday, informed Mukhim.
Meghalya Health Minister AL Hek said the government will take a call only after receiving the results of the food analysis. Retail outlets in Shillong have recorded a drastic fall of sale of the product in the last few days.

Meanwhile The Delhi government on Wednesday banned Maggi noodles for 15 days as Nestle India, the manufacturer of the popular snack, battled controversy with many more states ordering tests following a lab report that samples of the noodles contained more than the permissible limit of lead. The ban was imposed as samples of Maggi noodles were found to contain more than the permissible quantity of lead — which is 2.5 parts per million (ppm).

Bihar, Punjab, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh and Odisha on Wednesday joined states like Maharashtra, Haryana, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Goa which have sent samples of Maggi noodles for tests. With consumers wary of Maggi noodles, sale of the snack, which has been a part of the Indian palate for over 25 years, took a hit with many stores and chains removing it from their shelves.

Indian Army officials said an advisory had been issued against eating Maggi and for their canteens not to sell it till the air was cleared about its contents.

Source : north east today                   

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