Karnataka may revoke ban on Maggi: Minister

Karnataka may revoke ban on Maggi: Minister

Maggi may soon be back in the market in the State with the government contemplating revoking the ban, Minister for Health and Family Welfare U T Khader said here on Tuesday.

Reports submitted by various laboratories in the State revealed the presence of Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) within permissible limits. “The reports by these labs differ over the MSG content. However, they were within permissible limits,” he said after launching an 150 more ‘108’ ambulances.

While reports from several laboratories in the State that tested the samples found no traces of lead and that MSG was present only in traces, samples tested in a lab in Kolkata found the lead content to be about 2.6 particles per million (ppm). As per food safety guidelines, the acceptable limit of lead content is 2.5 ppm.

Khader said with not much clarity on the issue, the ban might be revoked and all the available reports would be presented to the Centre, if need be.  He said the government would seek legal advice on the High Court stay on the enforcement of the Karnataka Compulsory Service Training by Candidates Completed Medical Courses Act, 2012.

“A stay has been brought on the issue for only 15 days. The medicos have move the court against the State’s decision. Our only intention behind doing this is to provide quality medical care to those from economically weaker sections,” Khader said.

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