Updated: November 19, 2015 9:06:01 am
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has decided to issue a notice to Patanjali Ayurved on the atta noodles that it launched earlier this week, reportedly without the required approvals.
As reported by The Indian Express Wednesday, the FSSAI said the noodles brand launched by yoga guru Ramdev had not obtained mandatory approvals.
While Patanjali cited its licence to manufacture pasta, Ramdev said in Kolkata that there was “some confusion” that would be resolved.
“All units manufacturing Patanjali Atta Noodles have licence and product approval. Patanjali Ayurved has also obtained permission from FSSAI for selling the product. There has been some confusion which we will sort out,” he told a TV channel.
But the FSSAI maintained that instant noodles is a pre-cooked item — though the packet of Patanjali noodles does not mention the word ‘instant’, it takes three minutes to cook which entails prior cooking — and hence does not come under its definition of pasta. Besides, the masala mix too requires approval.
“Noodles and instant noodles are different products, even in codex (internationally accepted food standards) the standards for the two are different. Instant noodles is pre-cooked, so it cannot be manufactured under a licence for pasta. The masala mix by itself is a non-standardised item so it requires product approval from us. There are 10 companies in the country right now which have licence to manufacture instant noodles. Neither Patanjali nor Aakash Yog are in that list,” said FSSAI chairman and acting CEO Ashish Bahuguna.
Asked what his next step would be given that Patanjali noodles do not hit the stores till next month, he said: “We will ask for a clarification from them, we will issue a notice.”
Patanjali has said it holds licence for a range of products including pasta, which by FSSAI’s norms is a generic name that includes noodles. Under FSSAI licence number 10014012000266, Patanjali can manufacture food products including pasta products (macaroni, spaghetti, vermicelli).
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