Now Bihar, Madhya Pradesh ban sale of Maggi; Telangana await reports

Patna: The Bihar government on Friday banned the sale of Maggi noodles in the state for a month after a similar measure taken by several other states.

"We are banning sale, purchase, distribution and display of Maggi noodles in Bihar for a month after receiving information that the product has been banned in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat and several other states over presence of heavy metal lead and MSG in it," state Food Safety Commissioner Anand Kishor told reporters in Patna.

Now Bihar bans sale of Maggi noodles for a monthMaggi. Pic/PTI

He said the decision was taken in the light of the fact that it was not manufactured in Bihar, but brought from other states for distribution and sale here. "This leaves a high probability of the presence of lead, which is dangerous for human consumption, and MSG, another harmful chemical in the product. Presence of these harmful substances has been found in laboratory tests conducted in other states," Kishor added.

The Food Safety Commissioner said the decision to ban Maggi noodles has been taken under section 30 of Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. Citing that the state government has so far sent 27 samples of Maggi to a private laboratory in Kolkata for tests and the results were awaited, Kishore said, "The ban has been imposed as a precautionary measure as the state government did not want to jeopardise the life and health of the people."

Maggi in Madhya Pradesh

The Madhya Pradesh government has banned the sale of popular instant food Maggi noodles in the state from today, 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.

The Union Minister is in the city to lay the foundation stone of Plastic Park at Tamot in Raisen district which is the
part of Vidisha Lok Sabha constituency. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who represents Vidisha in the Lok Sabha will also be present on the occasion.

The state government has decided to ban the sale of Maggi noodles after its samples failed laboratory tests. 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.

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.

Maggi in Telangana

The Telangana Government is awaiting results of the tests conducted on popular instant noodles 'Maggi' for taking a call on initiating a ban. "We are awaiting the report (on analysis of samples). On Monday (June 8), first report is due," Suresh Chanda, Principal Secretary (Health), told PTI in Hyderabad.

The government would take a call on the matter after going into the reports, he said. He was responding to a query on reports in a section of the media that a temporary ban has been put on the sale of Maggi noodles in the state.

The samples are being tested at Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM) here to check presence of monosodium glutamate (MSG) and lead in it. 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.

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