The Delhi government on Thursday collected nine other samples of instant noodles manufactured by different brands for testing. A government official said the samples will be tested at state-approved facilities and the results will take two to three days.
On Wednesday, the government had banned the sale of Maggi in Delhi for 15 days and instructed Nestle India to remove its existing stock of Maggi from the market immediately, while giving the company a “chance” to replace the tested batch products.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has, meanwhile, taken a stringent view on adulteration and misleading advertisements and directed the government departments concerned to make necessary preparations for amending the existing Food Safety and Standards Act, 2005, on an urgent basis.
Government officials said on Thursday that “in extreme cases where adulteration could lead to severe health loss, Delhi Government proposes maximum of life imprisonment”.
“It has also been decided that with the enhancement of penalty, the transparency aspect should be strengthened and the prosecution process should be made speedy and time-bound including that by setting up of special courts, for which provision exists in the act,” said a government official.
Maggi has been in troubled waters since last month when an inquiry by the UP government allegedly found that the noodles contained amounts of lead and MSG above allowed limits. While Delhi has banned the snack for two weeks , other states such as Gujarat, J&K, Tamil Nadu have also ordered its removal from stores.