Uttarakhand has joined the list of states to ban the sale of Maggi noodles as samples of the popular food product failed laboratory tests."A decision to ban the sale of Maggi was taken late last night in public interest by the Food Security Department as 2 of a 300 odd samples of the food product failed laboratory tests," said Principal Secretary Health Om Prakash.(All That You Need to Know About MSG)The decision was prompted by the presence of monosodium glutamate (MSG) in the samples sent for laboratory tests to Rudrapur in Udhamsingh Nagar district, he said. "As the matter concerns public health we lost no time in imposing a ban on the popular food product in Uttarakhand. An order pronouncing the ban and seeking immediate withdrawal of the product from market places is being formally issued today," he added.(Celebrities React to Maggi Noodles Controversy on Twitter)However, no lead content was found in the samples tested, the official said, adding that out of the 300 samples sent to Rudrapur laboratory, test results of a majority of them are still awaited. After test results of all the samples collected from different places across the state arrive they will be sent to Kolkata for the final laboratory tests, the Principal Secretary Health said. (Delhi Government Bans Sale of Maggi Noodles for 15 Days, Other States Await Results)The Delhi government has announced a ban on Maggi noodles for 15 days, saying the lead content found in the samples is beyond permissible limits. It has asked Nestle India to recall all current stocks from the capital and make available new stock, which will be allowed on shelves only after proper checks.(Maggi Controversy: Criminal Case Filed Against Nestle India, First Hearing in July)Over 1,000 army canteens and some Navy canteens have been asked to set aside existing stock of the popular snack Maggi noodles until further orders. Big retailers like Big Bazar have already withdrawn Maggi packets from their outlets in the city, he said, adding small retailers may take some more time to do so.
(Beyond Maggi Noodles: Some of the Most Shocking Food Controversies)With inputs from PTI
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