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A lot has been spoken against Nestle and their lead-clad Maggi instant noodles over the past few days. While many states in the country have already banned the product, there are a few states that are still awaiting reports to take corrective measures. A Nestle spokesman when asked about the Government move, said the company had not yet received any communication and cannot offer comments on the issue.
Last week, the government had filed a complaint on its own with the NCDRC, using a provision for the first time from the nearly three-decade-old Consumer Protection Act. Describing the alleged lapses related to food safety standards in Maggi noodles as a 'serious issue', Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan also said the NCDRC will investigate the matter and take appropriate action.
Meanwhile, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), a traders' body, urged Health Minister J P Nadda and Paswan to take action against brand ambassadors of Maggi under the FSSAI Act. In a letter to the two ministers, it said Maggi brand ambassadors have violated Section 24 of the Food Safety & Standards Act (FSSAI) and therefore proceedings must also be initiated against them. Section 24 provides for restrictions on Advertisement of any food which misleads or deceives or contravenes the provisions of FSSAI Act, Rules & Regulations made thereunder.
Actors Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit and Preity Zinta have been separately dragged to the court for promoting the 'two-minute' noodles brand. FSSAI said it will also examine branded pasta and macaroni products. 'We will check all other instant noodles brands as well. Why should we restrict to one brand? We are drawing samples of other noodles brand,' said FSSAI CEO Yudhvir Singh Malik.
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