Uttarakhand has joined the list of states to ban the sale of Maggi noodles with samples of the popular food product failing laboratory tests.
“A decision to ban the sale of Maggi was taken late last night in public interest by the Food Security Department as 2 of a 300 odd samples of the food product failed laboratory tests,” Principal Secretary Health Om Prakash told PTI.
The decision was prompted by the presence of monosodium glutamate (MSG) in the samples sent for laboratory tests to Rudrapur in Udhamsingh Nagar district, he said.
“As the matter concerns public health we lost no time in imposing a ban on the popular food product in Uttarakhand. An order pronouncing the ban and seeking immediate withdrawal of the product from market places is being formally issued today,” he said.
However, no lead content was found in the samples tested, the official said, adding that out of the 300 samples sent to Rudrapur laboratory, test results of a majority of them are still awaited.
After test results of all the samples collected from different places across the state arrive they will be sent to Kolkata for the final laboratory tests, the Principal Secretary Health said.
Big retailers like Big Bazar have already withdrawn Maggi packets from their outlets in the city, he said, adding small retailers may take some more time to do so.
Arunachal Pradesh sends Maggi noodles for analysis
Food Safety Officers (FSO) in Arunachal Pradesh lifted random samples of Maggi noodles from various places of the state and dispatched them to a laboratory in Guwahati for analysis.
“Samples have been lifted on May 21 and 22 last under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 as well as survey samples and the report of the food analyst is awaited,” Health and Family Welfare secretary Indira Mallo said in a statement today.
The FSOs have been directed to lift more samples of various noodles brand for routine check of quality standards, she added.