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India's favourite two-minute snack has been in the news for quite some time. A few samples of the instant noodles in UP were found to be loaded with MSG and lead in quantities beyond the permissible limit. This led to the rumours that Maggi samples will be called off the shelf from across the country, and its license would be cancelled. To ensure that latest Maggi samples are safe for consumption, Maharashtra FDA sent samples from Pune, Nagpur and Mumbai for analysis to check the presence of lead and MSG. Meanwhile, Nestle India tried some damage control by assuring its customers that Maggi noodles are safe to consume.
The latest update on the controversy is that, the Union Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, has stated that the government will review reports about the lead and MSG content in Maggi noodles. He has promised that the government will take an appropriate decision after thoroughly reviewing the reports. He also said that the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Act will be amended to strengthen the process of quality checks in the country. He further informed that five new BIS labs will be set up by March 2016, and the current labs will be upgraded to meet modern standards. The government has also launched simplified conformity schemes so that the industry can adopt to standards with ease and manufacture standardised products in the country. (Read: Planning to eat other Maggi varieties? Wait a minute )
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