TS, AP unsure of ban on Maggi
Though the ongoing Maggi controversy is creating furore in the food space, the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governments are yet to take a decision on whether to impose a ban or not on the sale of Maggi noodles. While the Telangana Minister for Health C Laxma Reddy said the government would take a decision after it received the report from Institute of Preventive Medicine which was testing the contents of Maggi noodles,
While Telangana wants to take a decision after it gets a report from IPM, AP is yet to take a call on the issue
Hyderabad: Though the ongoing Maggi controversy is creating furore in the food space, the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governments are yet to take a decision on whether to impose a ban or not on the sale of Maggi noodles. While the Telangana Minister for Health C Laxma Reddy said the government would take a decision after it received the report from Institute of Preventive Medicine which was testing the contents of Maggi noodles, the Andhra Pradesh Civil Supplies director Dayakar said the State government so far had not taken any decision on the matter.
But since the issue has been causing serious concern, as it is a widely used product in almost all households, a High Court lawyer Y Somaraju filed a public interest litigation before the AP State Human Rights Commission and prayed for immediate ban of the product in Telangana. He said though the IPM was testing the product it would take some time for the laboratory results to be announced and in the meantime the consumers might have to face the ill-effects.
The Commission issued notices to the Telangana Principal Secretary of Health and Family welfare and asked the government to reply by June 30. Interestingly, a random survey conducted by The Hans India has revealed that there has been a dip in the sales of Maggi noodles in the city. While Big Bazaar has stopped the sale of noodles, More Super Market said the sales had fallen drastically.
The maximum sales they have been making in the last few days are just Rs 1,000 worth of Maggi packets a day. Even the local grocery dealers said there had been over 5 percent fall in the sales of Maggi noodles. IPM Director Amarender Reddy said 23 samples were obtained from Telangana districts and 36 samples from 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh for testing.
He said samples of Maggi instant noodles were being tested at a lab here as part of the nationwide exercise over the alleged presence of mono-sodium glutamate (MSG) and lead in their food products. “Actual reporting time is two weeks,” an official of Director of Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM), Telangana said. The testing was being done as part of the nationwide drive on the directives from the Central food safety body, he added.
It may be mentioned here that samples of Maggi noodles were found ‘unsafe’ for consumption in the national capital prompting the Delhi government to contemplate action against its manufacturer Nestle India. The Kerala government ordered pullout of Maggi noodles from all retail outlets.
According to A Satyanarayana of CFTRI (Central Food Technology Research Institute) Resource Centre, Hubsiguda, MSG is a flavor-enhancing agent and if it exceeds permissible limits, it can harm children below 12 years of age.