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Other brands in hot soup after Maggi row.

MORE noodle brands could land in a Maggi- like soup. Following an almost countrywide ban on the popular twominute snack for having lead beyond the permissible limit, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India ( FSSAI) on Monday ordered rigorous tests for other famous noodles, pasta and macaroni brands.

The famous snacks under scanner include Wai Wai 123 Chicken and Veg Noodles, Wai Wai Mama Punte Chicken Bhujiya and Wai Wai Triangle Bhujiya Chicken ( manufactured by CG Foods India Pvt Ltd), and 10 variants of Foodles manufactured by Glaxo- SmithKline Consumer Healthcare Ltd.

More trouble could also

More trouble could also be headed Nestle's way as four more variants of Maggi Nutri- licious Pazzta will be tested.

Despite already having approvals, Top Ramen's Atta Masala Noodles, manufactured by Indo- Nissin Food Ltd, and ITC Ltd's Instant Noodles, will also be checked by the FSSAI. "Noodles, pasta and macaroni with tastemaker are nonstandardised food products covered under the Food Safety and Standards ( FSS) Act, 2006.

The FSSAI has issued conditional permissions and approvals to some food products under the category. The government

government will now check all the parameters, ranging from naturally occurring toxins ( aflatoxin, agaric acid, hydrocyanic acid and hypericin) to metal contaminants like arsenic, mercury, tin, zinc, copper and cadmium,"a senior FSSAI official said.

"Various test results on Maggi and some similar products have raised serious health concerns.

In view of the same, we have advised to draw regulatory samples for similar products for which approvals have been granted by the FSSAI,"the official added.

These samples would be sent to the authorised labs for testing as per the testing parameters. If the food samples are not found conforming to the applicable standards, necessary action will be taken against the firm.

The food safety body's Quality Assurance Division-- Enforcement has been directed to complete this task on priority- basis and send a report at the earliest.

"The safety of all other such products has not been assessed as per the product approval procedures.

As such, the same are unauthorised and illegal and cannot be intended for human consumption,"the official said.

ON FOOD SAFETY BODY'S RADAR

FSSAI has ordered tests for other wellknown snacks after Maggi failed quality tests Some of them under the scanner are Wai 123 chicken noodles; Wai Wai Mama Punte chicken; Wai Wai 123 Veg noodles; Top Ramen Atta Masala; Maggi Nuti- licious Pazzta with Taste Maker Quality Assurance Division, Enforcement of the FSSAI has been directed to complete this task on priority and send a report at the earliest.

The FSSAI has clearly set the limits for various contaminants including lead which was found above permissible limits in Maggi samples. The permissible limit for lead is 2.5 mg/ kg.

Other metal contaminants being tested are Arsenic, Mercury, Tin, Zinc, Copper, Cadmium.

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