Guwahati Lab Terms Instant Noodle Sample as 'Misbranded'

Press Trust of India, edited by Sparshita Saxena  |  Updated: July 18, 2017 11:40 IST

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Guwahati Lab Terms Instant Noodle Sample as 'Misbranded'
Three days after the Bombay High Court's order, a Guwahati laboratory tested samples of an MNC instant noodle product from Mizoram and termed it as 'misbranded'. According to the state Joint Director (Food and Drugs Administration) Lalsawma, the samples from Mizoram were sent to the Assam Public Health Laboratory in Guwahati and the results were recently received in which Mono Sodium Glutamate (Ajinomoto) was found.

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"While the MNC major claimed that the instant noodle packages did not contain Mono Sodium Glutamate, the laboratory  tests came out positive of the chemical," he said, adding that the laboratory labelled the samples from Mizoram as 'misbranded'. 

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The report of the laboratory would now be sent to the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI), he added. The reports came in the wake of the Bombay High Court having told the FSSAI to justify the ban on six variants of the product.

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(FSSAI Justifies Ban on Maggi Noodles, Says Lead Was Beyond Permissible Limit)However, Nestle will not be able to sell its marquee product just yet, the court had ruled, adding that preserved samples will now have to be tested in three different labs located in Jaipur, Mohali and Hyderabad in a span of 6 weeks. The company will have to send five samples of each batch to three food testing labs and will not be allowed to either manufacture or sell until the tests are completed, the order stipulated.

CommentsThe FSSAI had found high amounts of lead and traces of MSG in Nestle's Maggi and ordered a ban on the noodles.

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