The Delhi government on Wednesday banned the sale of Maggi noodles for 15 days and asked the Indian arm of Swiss manufacturer Nestle to withdraw the existing stock.
“Government has put a ban on Maggi noodles for 15 days. We have asked Nestle India to withdraw Maggi stocks within 15 days. We will carry out lab testing of fresh stocks and a decision will be taken accordingly thereafter,” Delhi health minister Satyaendra Jain said.
The decision came nearly two hours after several top Nestle India officials explained to him their position on the issue.
Jain said government will file a case against Nestle India in court as per provisions of the Food Adulteration Act and will “not compromise” on issues relating to health safety.
Meanwhile, the Jammu & Kashmir government advised people to desist for time being from consuming Maggi noodles and ordered tests on its samples collected from across the districts, following reports of high lead and monosodium glutamate (MSG) content in the popular snack.
The Army also issued an advisory asking its personnel not to consume Maggi noodles and directed military canteens to set aside the existing stock of the popular snack until further orders.
Jain also said the govt will soon revise the adulteration act. A day after it found samples of Maggi noodles “unsafe” for consumption, the Delhi government today deliberated on the issue with Nestle India, the manufacturer of the instant noodles.
The city government had yesterday decided to initiate a case against Nestle India after lab testing of Maggi samples, lifted from various parts of the city, was found to have lead exceeding the prescribed limits.
According to officials, a total of 13 samples of masala (tastemaker) were lifted by authorities from various areas of the city last week out of which 10 samples were found unsafe.
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