NEW DELHI: The Maggi controversy is escalating with each passing day. In a fresh twist on Wednesday, Delhi government banned the sales of the 2-Minute noodles, the brand from Swiss foods giant Nestle.
The tested samples found lead and Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) in the quick snack beyond allowable permissible limit.
Reports suggest that the sale will be banned in all Delhi government stores including Kendriya Bhandar and also Big Bazaar for at least 15 days.
Speaking on the same, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said, “This falls under the category of misbranding and the government has decided to file a case against Nestle for trading products that are unsafe and fining them for misbranding Maggi noodles.” (Also Read: 8 reasons you should not eat Maggi)
Nestle officials are likely to be summoned by the Delhi Government for explanation, sources said adding that other states including West Bengal too have sent the samples for testing.
Ahead of taking an action against the manufacturer of the noodles, at least 10 Indian states have either planned the removal or testing of the noodle samples.
Ever since the laboratory tests have shown that the noodles included lead and the chemical flavor improver monosodium glutamate, or MSG, at levels higher than the officially permitted amount, the sales of the food item has gone down drastically, leaving a major dent on its popularity and image. (Also Read: Maggi Noodle: All you should know)
With an approximate business of Rs. 1, 500 crore annually, Maggi contributes an important portion of total business to Nestle in India.
Jain further informed, “We lifted 13 samples of Maggi for testing after the media reports of these being unsafe for consumption last week. We found the masala samples, tastemakers of at least 10 such packets, had lead content further than the approved limit of 2.50pm.”
He further added that five samples of masala were also found including Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) with no proper label declaration.
According to a senior Delhi health official, the entire existing stock of Maggi noodle will be removed from the market on immediate basis as 80% of samples tested were discovered to be unhealthy for human consumption.
Apart from this, another product from Nestle, a milk powder, primarily used by parents for infants has been found to be infected by live larve. (Also Read: After Maggi controversy, another product from Nestle for infants found to be infected with live larvae)