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After Maggi recall, food regulator wants other brands of noodles, macaroni, pasta tested

NEW DELHI: After Maggi, the food safety regulator has brought under scanner many other leading brands of macaroni, pasta and noodles. These include products under Top Ramen, Wai Wai and Foodles brand.

Ordering state food regulators to collect and test samples of all makes and brands present in the market with their tastemaker inside, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) said, “Various test results on Maggi and some other similar products have raised serious health concerns. In view of the same, it would be advisable to draw regulatory samples for similar products for which product approvals have been granted by the FSSAI…,” the central food regulator wrote in a order sent to commissioners of food safety in all states.

While specifying criterion based on which testing has to be done, FSSAI has asked states to send samples to “authorized laboratories” for testing. The regulator has asked states to submit the reports by June 19.

The regulator has listed brands from seven companies including Nestle, ITC and GlaxoSmithkline which are to be tested for their quality and standards as per the country’s food law. FSSAI also ordered immediate recall of all other such instant food products which did not have any product approval and were being sold in the market in “unauthorized and illegal” manner.

“The safety of all other such products in these categories has not been assessed as per the product approval procedures. As such, the same are unauthorized and illegal and cannot be intended for human consumption,’ the order said.

This comes in the wake of various state regulators finding samples of Maggi noodles failing quality and standard tests while containing added monosodium glutamate and excess of lead than the prescribed limit. Following this, last Friday, FSSAI ordered an immediate countrywide withdrawal and recall of all the nine variants of Maggi noodles.

The regulator is also expected to inspect factories of Nestle, which manufactures Maggi, to monitor compliance of its order.

The regulator has also tightened regulatory noose on other packaged products including protein and energy drinks.

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