MAGGI PANNED& BANNED

Your favourite noodles wont be sold in Delhi for two weeks

YOU MAY have to part ways with your favourite snack. The popular two-minute Maggi noodles have been banned in Delhi for 15 days, and chances are high that it may be shunted out of the market for long. The decision came after the samples of Maggi failed quality test conducted by the Food and Safety Department of the Delhi government. "We had a meeting with the officials of Nestl? India regarding the issue where we were not satisfied with their arguments. As of now, we have issued a letter to the company asking them to remove the entire stock from the market,"Satyendar Jain, Minister for H The Delhi government on Wednesday banned the sale of Maggi in the Capital for 15 days. The government will also conduct laboratory test on fresh stocks before taking any decision on its further sale and purchase. "After 15 days, we will first conduct the test on the fresh stocks of the noodles. The ban will only be removed if the test report comes out to be positive. If the samples again fail the quality test, then we will extend the ban,"Jain said. On Wednesday, Union Health Minister JP Nadda also assured that his ministry will take appropriate action based on reports from all the states. Nadda said he will hold a meeting soon to take stock. "We had issued an advisory to all the states and told them to take samples of Maggi noodles and report to us by June 1. The states have started sending their reports. We are taking a view on it. Accordingly action will be taken. No laxity will be there,"he said. ARMY ADVISORY Meanwhile, the Indian Army has also issued an advisory asking its personnel not to consume Maggi noodles and directed its canteen to set aside the existing stock till further orders. Consumer cooperative society Kendriya Bhandar is withdrawing Maggi noodles from its 130 stores in and outside Delhi. The AAP-led Delhi government will also file a case against Nestl? India in court as per provisions of the Food Adulteration Act. On Tuesday, about 75 per cent of the samples failed the quality test, while on Wednesday, the officials from the food department visited a few shops in various parts of Delhi to collect the samples of other brands of noodles. A report will be soon prepared by the department on the same. Of the 13 samples of Maggi noodles col- lected from various parts of the city, 10 had failed the quality test. Maggi sales have plunged since laboratory tests, first in Uttar Pradesh in April, showed the noodles contained lead and the chemical flavour enhancer monosodium glutamate (MSG) above the permissible limit. Food inspectors from Indian Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found high lead content during regular food safety tests on two dozen packets of instant noodles. They found a lead concentration of 17.2 parts per million (ppm), which is almost seven times the permissible limit and which should remain between 0.01 ppm and 2.5 ppm. The Delhi unit of the BJP has condemned the decision taken by the Delhi government. "Why the product is banned only for 15 days? The government should ban it completely,"said Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay. Meanwhile, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has welcomed the move taken by the government. "Its an issue of public health and public good, hence, there is no room for any compromise. Its great that for the first time, processed food is being tested for contaminants like heavy metals by our food safety authorities,"said Chandra Bhushan, deputy director general and head of food safety programme, CSE. LAB RESEARCH A CSE lab research into various kinds of junk food done in 2012 had found that Maggi instant noodles came with a high salt content. A packet of noodles had around 3 gram of salt, the recommended intake per person per day is 6 gram. The lab study had also found that addition of vitamins, as claimed by Maggi, did not make it a healthy food as it had negligible fibres; 70 per cent of it was just carbohydrates.