June 8, 2015 3:51:12 am
In the wake of the ban of Nestle’s Maggi noodles in Maharashtra, the state Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided to seek daily reports from the company on the status of its recall procedure for the remaining packets on the stands.
According to joint commissioner (food) for Mumbai district, Suresh Annapure, the recall will be systematically done from retail outlets and departmental stores by Nestle. “We will be reviewing the status on a daily basis,” he said. On Saturday, laboratory test results of 20 packets of Maggi noodles showed that five had excess lead content.
According to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Maggi should not have more than 2.5 ppm of lead in its noodles and 10 ppm of lead in dry form in its flavour packets.
Of the 20 packets analysed from Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nashik, and Nanded, all the samples also had added monosodium glutamate (MSG).
“MSG is permitted in India for food products. But we also demand that it be listed as an ingredient on the label for safety purposes. Maggi had contravened that clause,” said Uday Vanjari, joint commissioner (food) at the state FDA.
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