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Maggie Row: Test Dragnet Widens for Other Packaged Products in Telangana

Published: 09th June 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th June 2015 01:22 PM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: Not just your favourite Maggi noodles, but noodles of other brands which you considered an alternative would also be tested by Telangana State Food Laboratory. Besides, pasta, bhujiya, and other packaged food items would be tested.

Tests would be conducted for presence of living or dead insects, fungus, added natural colours, synthetic colours, preservatives, antioxidants, lead, arsenic, and other aspects. 

Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM) on Tuesday is expected to instruct district level officials to collect samples of the products of seven companies, and send it for tests.

The action would be taken as Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on Monday instructed commissioners of Food Safety of all States and union territories, to pick up food product samples of various companies, and send it for tests to authorised labs.

An official from Telangana said that they received the communication from FSSAI. “We will instruct district level officers on Tuesday morning,” he said. FSSAI has instructed that the reports should be sent to it by June 19. Results of Maggi Noodles. The tests on Maggi noodles, samples of which were collected from various districts of Telangana, were still underway on Monday, and the results are expected on Tuesday. And so is the case with  the samples collected from Andhra Pradesh.

Lab finds MSG in Maggi

Telangana State Food Laboratory found that masala in Maggi Noodles samples sent by Balala Hakkula Sangham, contained Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), while package did not mention its presence. The laboratory stated in its report that  the label’s claim ‘No added MSG’, is misleading as per 2.2.1.3 of Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labeling) Regulation 2011, and therefore it is misbranded. The laboratory announced the result on Monday. The sangham collected samples from two supermarkets in the city. “We will focus on food products containing preservatives, and which are favoured by children,” said Anuradha Rao, president of Balala Hakkula Sangham.

maggi.jpgNoodles not just of Nestle, but of six companies would be tested for living or dead insects, fungus, added natural colours, anti oxidants, content of lead, arsenic, and other aspects

Pasta, bhujiya, and other food products, also under scanner

  •  IPM to instruct district level officials to collect noodles, pasta, and other products of various brands
  •  Tests to be conducted at Telangana State Food Laboratory
  •  Results of tests on Maggi noodles, collected from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, would be available on Tuesday


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