The Madhya Pradesh government has banned the sale of popular instant food Maggi noodles in the state from Friday, as the popular instant snack came under mounting scrutiny over food safety concerns.
“Till it is proved that Maggi noodles are not harmful for the health, there will be a ban in the state on the sale of this noodle,” Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan told reporters at the Mantralaya after a meeting with Union Chemicals and Fertiliser Minister Anant Kumar.
Chouhan said that the ban will continue as long as it is bad for health. Once it is clarified that it is fit for
consumption, then the state will take a fresh call on the issue, he added.
The state government has decided to ban the sale of Maggi noodles after its samples failed laboratory tests.
The Bihar government too on Friday banned Maggi noodles for one month, an official said.
Bihar’s Food Safety Commissioner Anand Kishore told the media in Patna that the state government has decided to ban Maggi after getting results of the 16 samples of Maggi instant noodles collected in Bihar and sent to a Kolkata laboratory for testing.
“During the ban period, Maggi will be neither sold in the shops and malls, nor will it be on display,” he said.
Kishore said officials of the food safety department will collect samples of Maggi from across the state in next three to four days.
The sale of Maggi noodles is already banned in Nepal, Delhi and four more states of Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand after concerns were raised over presence of monosodium glutamate (MSG) and lead beyond permissible levels in the product.
[with inputs from IANS]