Maggi row – Pasta, noodles and seven other products to be tested

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on Monday ordered safety tests on seven brands of noodles, pasta and macaroni with tastemaker, including those from multinationals Nestle and GlaxoSmithkline (GSK), days after it ordered a nationwide recall of Maggi noodles. 

In an advisory issued to Commissioners of Food Safety of all states and UTs, the FSSAI ordered the tests on 32 products of seven companies: Ruchi International, CG Foods India, GSK, Nestle India, AA Nutrition, Indo Nissin and ITC Ltd.

The food regulator also asked the commissioners to recall from market and destroy all products of noodles, pasta and macaroni with tastemaker – other than those made by these seven companies.

FSSAI CEO Yudhvir Singh Malik said safety of all other products in these categories has not been assessed as per product approval procedures. “As such, they are unauthorised and illegal, and cannot be intended for consumption,” he said.

In the advisory, the FSSAI has also listed out the detailed parameters for such tests on noodles, pastas and macaroni with tastemaker of all makes and brands present in the market.

Cakes and masala or tastemaker would need to be tested separately. 

All states and Union Territories have been asked to submit their reports by June 19, said Malik.

The advisory comes as a follow-up to the FSSAI order on Friday for recall of all variants of Nestle India’s Maggi noodles, which it had found “unsafe and hazardous” for human consumption.

The products to be tested include Wai Wai noodles and bhujiya chicken snacks by CG Foods, Koka instant noodles from Ruchi International and Foodles by GSK Consumer Healthcare.Nestle’s Maggi noodles with nine variants as well as four variants of “Maggi Nutrilicious Pazzta with tastemakers” would also be tested.

Others in the list are Indo Nissin’s Top Ramen Atta Masala, ITC’s three variants of instant noodles and AA Nutrition’s Yummy chicken noodles and Yummy veg noodles.

ITC, GSK and CG Foods said their products were safe for human consumption, and that they regularly conduct stringent food safety tests as per prescribed regulatory standards.

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