Food safety dept collects Maggi samples in Mysuru

CFTRI to be requested for tests

Following reports of the presence of hazardous substances in Maggi noodles packets, in Uttar Pradesh and New Delhi, officials attached to Food Safety and Standards department, in Mysuru, on Tuesday, collected samples of the particular food product from the factory as well as a supermarket.

Designated Officer (rural) of the Food Safety and Standards department H M Satish told Deccan Herald, four samples, each weighing 140 grams from the same batch, were lifted from Nestle India Factory at Tandavapura Industrial Area (TANDIA), at Nanjangud taluk in the district. One sample will be sent to the Central Food Technological and Research Institute (CFTRI) in Mysuru, while the three will be kept with the department till the report was submitted to the higher ups.

Satish said, following the instructions from the office of the joint director in Bengaluru, the officials in Mysuru, including Food Safety Officer, Mysuru City Corporation, M S Lokesh, swung into action and collected the samples. However, no products have been seized, the officer clarified.

As is the procedure, the producer can also send the sample available with the department for lab test, by paying a prescribed fee of Rs 1,000.

The remaining two samples will be kept, in case the sent items perish, for storing against their shelf life.

Satish said, a week before the issue cropped up, a random inspection was conducted and the samples, including that of Maggi noodles, were collected. Barring some missing contents in the label declaration, that was rectified later by the company, no hazardous contents were found. However, as an extended measure, the samples have been collected for further tests, according to Food Safety and Standards Act.

Similarly, Designated Officer (Urban) Dakshayini Badiger said, “I have collected four samples from a supermarket. A sample will be sent to one of the four referal laboratories in the country, mostly CFTRI in Mysuru”.

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