Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 3:
Concerned over the countrywide row over the presence of excess lead in Maggi noodles prepared by Nestle India, the Odisha government today said it has sent samples of the instant food to an accredited Central laboratory in Pune for test.
Briefing the media today, Health and Family Welfare secretary Arati Ahuja said the state government has sent the Maggi noodles samples to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) accredited Central Food Laboratory at Pune for test.
“The Health department has collected 25 Maggi noodles samples from 14 districts and sent it to the Central Food Laboratory at Pune for test. On the basis of the test report, the department will take appropriate action,” she said.
Talking to the media, State Food Commissioner Babaji Charan Das said the state government had earlier sent the Maggi noodles samples to the State Public Health Laboratory for test. But as the laboratory does not have the facility to detect lead content, the samples were sent to Central Food Laboratory at Pune for test.
Kerala has already banned the sale of Maggi Noodles while Delhi and Uttar Pradesh are awaiting the reports of the tests before initiating action against the product.
Significantly, FIRs have been registered against Amitabah Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit and Priyanka Chopra, who endorse the Nestle product, on the orders of a court.