After noodles, chocolate comes under scanner

After Nestle’s Maggi noodles, a popular brand of chocolate has come under the scanner of Food Safety and Security Authority.

According to an official from the Public Health Institute, who spoke to Deccan Herald, a resident came up with a sample of discoloured chocolates, which prompted the officials to test the product. The chocolate samples are being examined at the Institute, reports of which are expected soon. Following the Maggi controversy, the Food Safety and Security Authority has heightened screening of various food products.

“On a regular basis, samples of milk and other packaged food products available in the market are being screened. The government is yet to take a call on screening cold drinks,” said Dr Shivakumar, Joint Director, Public Health Institute.

According to the reports received from two private laboratories, tests conducted on noodle samples belonging to other companies, is said to be safe. The State had volunteered to test samples of other noodles in the market. “As many as 13 samples were tested for harmful substances. Except for minimal traces of MSG, the noodles are safe,” said Dr Shivakumar.

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