Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) CEO Yudhvir Singh Malik on Thursday said Nestle, the manufacturer of Maggi noodles, must recall all faulty packets of the product after receiving reports of samples from Delhi and Kerala.
“The law states that as soon as it comes to a [manufacturer’s] notice – that there is something wrong with the product, he is supposed to take recourse to recalling and withdrawing it, under intimation to the consumers as well as to the competent authority. It needs enforcement as well as self-compliance. Whether a sample size can be seen as a representative sample size… the law says that if you draw samples from a particular batch, and that sample is found to be failing, then that product is said to be failing unless you have contrary evidence. Noodles has nine variants. If you find the problem to persist in it, then you can confine your ban to that one variant,” Malik told media here.
“If I am a food product manufacturer, I am supposed to have my own quality checks. How rigorously do they maintain it and follow it up is a question that the management will have to look up,” he added, referring to the Maggi case.
Malik further stated that a compilation of the reports received may take some more time.
“We received reports from Delhi and Kerala; we have also received reports from Goa which were found to be inappropriate. The reports from Delhi and Kerala are absolutely authentic. Two other states have sent us reports, they have been requested to send us proper reports again. This might take two or three days more,” he said.
In wake of samples of Maggi being found to contain an excess of lead, Delhi, Uttarakhand and Gujarat have banned the instant noodles.
Union Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Wednesday had said that the government has decided to file a complaint regarding Maggi issue with the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) to further investigate the matter as the FSSAI reports might take some time to come.
A case was lodged earlier against Nestle India by the UP food regulator FSDA in a local court at Bara banki in Uttar Pradesh over safety standards of its Maggi, while actors Amitabh Bachhan, Madhuri Dixit and Preity Zinta were also separately dragged to court for promoting the ‘two-minute’ noodles brand.