Published On: Mon, Oct 19th, 2015

Maggi returns: Gujarat and Karnataka governments lift ban

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Two days after Maggi samples passed all the tests in three laboratories designated by Bombay high court, Karnataka and Gujarat governments said they would lift the ban on the Nestle product.

Karnataka minister UT Khader said lack of clarity upon the permissible limits of monosodium glutamate (MSG) and lead “forced” the government to withdraw the ban on Maggi.

“FDCA had lifted the ban on Maggi in Gujarat during August after the Bombay High Court passed an order to lift the ban across India. We took the decision based on the court order,” Gujarat FDCA Commissioner H G Koshia told PTI.

The Gujarat government had banned the sale of Maggi for a month in June this year after the lead and monosodium glutamate levels in the noodles were found to be above the prescribed limits. Later, the ban was subsequently extended till September.

However, the Gujarat FDCA revoked the ban mid-way in August following court order.

On August 13, the Bombay High Court had lifted the nationwide ban imposed by Indian food regulators on Maggi noodles, and asked its manufacturer Nestle India Pvt Ltd to go for a fresh test of samples in three independent laboratories across India.

In addition to these, various countries including USA, UK, Singapore, Australia and others have found Maggi noodles manufactured in India safe for consumption.

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