Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 8:
The Odisha government today banned sale of Maggi Noodles in the state with immediate effect.
Health and Family Welfare minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak said instructions had been given to all district collectors to ensure that Maggi noodles are not sold anywhere in the state.
“The state government today banned sale of Maggi noodles on the basis of laboratory test report, which confirmed presence of monosodium glutamate (MSG) beyond the permissible limit,” Nayak told reporters here.
Curiously, the state government’s action comes two days after Nestle, the company that produces Maggi noodles, ordered the recall of the product from the Indian market.
The minister clarified that the decision to ban Maggi Noodles was taken on the basis of the report of the State Public Health Laboratory, which confirmed presence of MSG in it.
“The report of the Central Food Laboratory at Pune, recognised by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is yet to be received,” the minister said. The Centre has also specific guideline for use of noodles, he added.
As per the norms set by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the presence of MSG in any food product is highly detrimental to the health, the minister said.
“MSG has been found in the samples of Maggi noodles tested in state public health laboratory. Accordingly, the decision is taken to ban all variants of Maggi noodles in the state with immediate effect,” Health Secretary Arti Ahuja said in a letter to all district collectors.
25 Maggi noodles samples from 14 districts were sent to Pune after questions were raised on the instant food’s contents.