Paswan says Maggi issue is serious, action to be taken if lead found in excess

Wednesday, Jun 3, 2015,20:42 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan today termed the Maggi issue as serious and said the government was monitoring the entire row.
Addressing mediapersons here, Mr Paswan said looking at the seriousness of the matter, the government will file a complaint with the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) which will investigate the matter and take appropriate actions.
He said the government will file complaint with the NCDRC as it was a very serious matter and FSSAI reports might take some time.
The Minister assured that the contents in Maggi will be carefully tested and if lead is found in excessive amount, then action will be taken against the company.
Meanwhile, Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan at a press conference today said he had stopped endorsing the product two years ago.
Mr Bachchan also said he will fully cooperate if he gets any legal notice in this regard.
The Delhi government had also imposed a ban for 15 days with immediate effect on the sale of Maggi in the National Capital, after the quantity of lead in the noodles was found more than the permissible limit in laboratory tests.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain said the government was not completely satisfied with the reply given by Nestle officials this morning.
The company has been directed to withdraw their stock from market in the capital.
States including Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Telangana and Andhra  Pradesh have sent samples of Maggi for analysis. The Kerala Government had yesterday ordered that its government-run outlets pull out Maggi noodles till results of the samples for testing were received.
The fast food came under scanner when the regional food inspectors in Uttar Pradesh recalled a batch of the product stating that it contained lead more than the permissible limit.