NEW DELHI: Taking the probe to another level and brining several other food products under the scanner, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on Monday ordered the testing of various noodles such as noodles, pasts and macaroni brands (Top Ramen, Foodles and Wai Wai), manufactured by seven companies to check fulfillment of norms amid rousing Maggi controversy. (Also Read: 8 reasons you should not eat Maggi)
Maggi noodles, manufactured by global giant Nestle has recently been banned in different parts of the country by the food regulator who termed it is as’ unsafe and hazardous’ for human utilization. (Also Read: After Maggi controversy, another product from Nestle for infants found to be infected with live larvae)
In a letter to the commissioners of food safety in all states and UTs, FSSAI CEO YS Malik said, “Various test results on Maggi and some other similar products have raised serious health concerns. In view of the same, it would be advisable to draw regulatory samples for similar products for which product approvals have been granted by the FSSAI...These samples should be sent to the authorised labs for testing.”
Going by the FSSAI order, the companies listed to go under the scanner now include Nestle India, ITC, Indo Nissin Food Ltd, GSK Consumer Healthcare, CG Foods India, Ruchi International and AA Nutrition Ltd.
Some prominent products to be tested include ‘Wai Wai noodles’ and ‘bhujiya chicken snacks’ by CG Foods; ‘Koka instant noodles’ from Ruchi International, ‘Foodles’ by GSK Consumer Healthcare and ‘Maggi instant noodles’ by Nestle with nine variants. (Also Read: Maggi and Baba Ramdev: Here is what people are talking, Yoga guru breaks silence)
Apart from this, Indo Nissin’s Top Remen Atta Masala and three variants of instant noodles by ITC and Yummy chicken and vegetarian noodles of AA Nutrition are too in the scanning list. (Also Read: Maggi Controversy: All you should know about your favourite ‘2 minute noodles’)
“We are open to any test and will cooperate with authorities when required as our brands have met all regulatory standards as listed by Food Safety and Standard Authority of India,” said CG Foods CEO GP Sah.
The move comes following a major controversy over the ban of 2-minute instant noodles Maggi from the markets after the tests showed that it contained taste enhancer MSG (Mono Sodium Glutamate) and lead in excess of the permissible limits. (Also Read: Amitabh Bachchan speaks exclusively to NewsX over Maggi row)