The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) has sent collected samples of instant noodles to an ‘undisclosed country’ for testing following the ban of Maggi noodles in several States of India after the detection of impermissible levels of lead content, a top official from CAA claimed.
Accordingly, the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) had taken immediate steps to collect samples from selected batches of instant noodles following the detection of lead samples in India.
Sources within the CAA revealed that the collected samples had been sent to an undisclosed country for tests and the results would be revealed once tests were complete.
Director General, CAA, J.M.A. Douglas speaking to The Nation Gain, however, stated that a timeframe could not be given at this juncture for the completion of tests and release of results.
Over 10 States in India had banned the sales of Maggi noodles after their authorities had detected lead and monosodium glutamate (MSG) beyond permissible levels.
On Thursday, the Delhi government announced that it had banned the product for 15 days.
Laboratory tests carried out on two dozen packets in Uttar Pradesh last month found lead nearly seven times the permissible limits and excess levels of MSG, a food additive.
Further, on Wednesday, the company’s shares in the Bombay Stock Exchange dropped more than 10% in early trading after the Delhi government announced that its food inspectors had found higher levels of lead than permitted in most of the samples tested. “Tests in Delhi showed that 10 out of 13 samples contained lead beyond the permissible limits. Once we have all the results, Nestle India will be given an opportunity to explain,” Food and Consumer Affairs Ministry official G. Gurucharan had said according to AFP.
However, the CAA in Sri Lanka states that it would not issue any directive on the issue until the test results are obtained.