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After Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand To Test Maggi Samples
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The Uttrakhand Food Safety Department has collected samples of the Maggi noodles from Nestle's plants to check for safety standards of the famous noodle brand.
Earlier, food-safety inspectors in Uttar Pradesh filed a criminal complaint against Nestle India after discovering dangerous levels of lead in a batch of Maggi 2-Minute Noodles.
Uttarakhand state government officials have collected samples of the Maggi noodles from Nestle India's Pantnagar plant and other cities, including Dehradun.
"A team of state Food Safety Department officials visited Nestle's plant at Pantnagar and collected the eight samples of Maggi noodles, which were sent to the state government laboratories," the district magistrate of Udham Singh Nagar, Pankaj Kumar Pandey, told reporters.
Maggi noodles came under the scanner last month after the UP Food Safety and Drug Administration asked Nestle India to withdraw a batch of Maggi noodles "which were manufactured in February 2014" after it found presence of non-essential taste enhancer MSG and high levels of lead in the samples.
Disputing the claim, Nestle India had said: "The company does not agree with the order and is filing the requisite representations with the authorities."
The Union Food and Consumer Affairs Ministry has also asked the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to look into the matter.
Besides, a class action suit can be initiated into the matter if a complaint with National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) is filed, Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said last week.
"It is a serious issue. We have referred the matter to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
Under the current law, FSSAI has the power to take action, including imposing fine and hefty punishment," Paswan said.
Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit, who endorses Maggi noodles, met officials of Nestle and said they assured her that there would be no compromise on the quality of the popular snack which is under scanner.
The 48-year-old Bollywood actress was slapped with a notice by Haridwar Food and Drug Administration to explain within 15 days claims made in the advertisement regarding the nutrition value of the '2-minute noodles'.
"Like most of India, I have enjoyed Maggi noodles for years. I was very concerned after recent reports and met with the Nestle team," she tweeted.
"Nestle explained that they always place the consumer first and have the highest quality standards," another tweet said.
A spokesman for Nestle, which is now carrying out independent tests, said on Monday the company has not yet been notified of the Uttar Pradesh complaint, and had no further comment.
The noodles, which sell at roughly a dozen rupees ($0.20) per single-serving packet, are a hugely popular "homemade" snack in India, and Maggi has long been the market leader.