Amid Lead Fret, Authorities Lifting Maggi Noodles From Kashmir Markets




Amid the fret stirred by lead—a brain retarding component found in some samples of fast food Maggi in parts of India, the Food Safety authorities of Kashmir Thursday directed the main distributors to recollect their stocks from the market—thus apparently making the dietary threat ominous in summer capital.

Hilal Ahmad Mir, City’s Food Safety Assistant Controller, says they have shot a notice to Jammu-based Malhotra Brothers—the major distributors for Nestle’s Maggi noodles to the city, directing them to recollect the Maggi stock from the Srinagar’s market. “We have already seized almost 1 lakh 22 thousand packets of Maggi noodles from their Godown in Gogji bagh, Srinagar,” Mir said. The step, he said, has been taken to free the local market from Maggi stock

The crisis triggered in February 2014, when a batch of the product was declared unsafe because of the high lead content and mono-sodium glutamate or MSG. MSG is a taste enhancer.

Notably, lead causes permanent learning and behavioural disorders in children. While as MSG creates burning sensation in the mouth, muscle tightness, fatigue, headache, flushing and tingling or numbness.

The authorities in south Kashmir are contemplating to issue similar orders to all the major authorities in their region while in the north Kashmir, the authorities are yet to take any final decision on it.

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