Weeks after imposing a ban on Maggi, the Gujarat government has ordered Valsad-based Captain Foods Pvt. Ltd to recall its popular instant noodles Ching’s Schezwan from the market after tests showed that it contained taste enhancer mono sodium glutamate in “excessive” amount.
Acting on the direction of the Food and Drug Control Administration, the Vadodara municipal commissioner ordered to recall the product from the city stores on Monday.
Till Tuesday, over 350 kg of the noodles were recalled from stores.
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Dr Mukesh Vaidya, Vadodara Municipal Corporation’s additional health officer, said the administration was awaiting the results of the tests on other instant noodle brands too.
Several products came under the lens for presence of harmful chemicals after Nestle’s Maggi noodles failed food safety tests in several parts of the country.
The health department was cracking down on “unhealthy and harmful food” being sold by street vendors and restaurants.
“After we complete the process of inspecting restaurants and street vendors, we will turn our attention to other food items that need to be regulated. Raw vegetables and fruits sold by vendors in the market are also in line for tests, as most traders use harmful chemical enhancers for colour, size and textures of the raw vegetables that are toxic. We will conduct a laboratory test to determine the level of toxicity in these products in the next stage of inspections of food,” Vaidya said.