SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Government today imposed ban on sale of Maggi products in the State following reports of presence of non-permissible contents of LEAD and MSG in these products.
All the District Magistrates in the State have been asked to impose complete ban on the sale of Maggi products in the State, the Minister for Consumer Affairs & Public Distri-bution, Choudhary Zulfkar Ali announced at a press confe-rence here today.
He said the Nestle India, the manufacturers of the Maggi products, has been directed to withdraw all the stocks from the markets of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Minister said that the Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution Department has conveyed these directions to all the concerned through a Government Order issued today.
He said the ban will remain in force for one month or till the test report of sampling to be conducted by concerned government departments/agencies is received.
The Minister said that five samples of Maggi products have been lifted from Srinagar for testing and sent to Central Testing Laboratory Kolkatta. He said in Jammu 127010 Maggi packets have been seized by the officials of the CA&PD and Legal Metrology Departments. He said samples have been tak-en from M/S Attar Store, Residency Road Jammu, the main distributor of Maggi products in J&K and sent to Regional Re-search Laboratory Jammu for testing.
The Minister said that some other states have also banned the sale of Maggi products keeping in view the health and safety of the consumers.
41 Maggi samples sent by D&FCO for analysis
According to Controller, Drugs & Food Control Organization (D&FCO), the field functionaries of D&FCO J&K have lifted 41 samples of Maggi Noodles from different districts of Jammu and Kashmir divisions and the samples have been sent for analytical purposes. Near about 3200 boxes of food product have been seized so far.
The food business operators found selling adulterated Maggi will be strictly dealt with as per the provisions of Food Safety & Standards Act, 2006. The food business operators dealing with Maggi have been directed to adopt food recall procedure as envisaged in the Food Safety & Standards Act 2006.
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