Following a ban on Nestle Maggi noodles, food officials in Uttar Pradesh have conducted raid at a supermarket and sent samples of packaged noodles of different brands for examination.
After discovering excessive lead in Maggi instant noodles last month followed by insects in an energy drink, food officials are wary of similar products.
Samples of four brands manufacturing noodles and pasta were collected for testing on Wednesday.
“Four different types of Maggi (packaged) noodles and Nestle Maggi samples have been taken and sent to Lucknow for examination. Only after inspection report comes out, action will be initiated forward,” said Chief Food Safety Officer, Bulandshahr, Randhir Singh.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has directed Nestle India to withdraw nine variants of Maggi noodles found unsafe from the market and to stop the further production and sale of the same.
The order to Nestle states that the regulatory body has noted three ‘major violations’, namely the presence of lead detected in the product in excess of the maximum permissible levels; misleading labelling information on the package reading ‘No added MSG’; and thirdly the release of a non-standardised food product ‘Maggi Oats Masala Noodles with Tastemaker’ in the market, without risk assessment and grant of product approval.