Bengaluru | The Congress government in Karnataka today decided allow manufacture and sale of Maggi noodles in the state as it decided to withhold the Centre’s directive banning it, saying it lacked clarity. The state government would withhold the implementation of central order on not allowing the production and sale of Maggi because of lack of clarity on the permissible limits of Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) and lead, Karnataka Health Minister U T Khader told reporters here.
Gujarat Food and Drug Control Authority (FDCA) today said it lifted the ban on the sale of Nestle India’s ‘Maggi’ noodles after the Bombay High Court lifted the nationwide ban on it in August. FDCA had lifted the ban on Maggi in Gujarat during August after the Bombay High Court passed an order to lift the ban across India. We took the decision based on the court order, Gujarat FDCA Commissioner H G Koshia said.
Karnataka Health Minister Khader said it was left to the company to decide on the start of production of noodles and other products. It is left to the company to decide on production of noodles and other products. We are clear in our stand that we will not be honouring the central order, he added. However, the Minister said the government would be very happy to implement the central order if it frames clear guidelines on the permissibility of the level of MSG and lead contents in noodles.
The Gujarat government had banned the sale of Maggi for a month in June this year after the lead and monosodium glutamate levels in the noodles were found to be above the prescribed limits. Later, the ban was subsequently extended till September. However, the Gujarat FDCA revoked the ban mid-way in August following court order.
Maggi noodles came under the scanner in May after Uttar Pradesh Food Safety and Drug Administration asked Nestle India to withdraw a batch of the noodles which were manufactured in February 2014 after it found presence of non-essential taste enhancer monosodium glutamate and high levels of lead in the samples.
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