Maggi makes a comeback in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Nestle India’s popular instant noodles brand ‘Maggi’ has made a comeback in the state six months after the Odisha government banned its sale for allegedly containing lead beyond permissible levels.

“We permitted the sale of Maggi with two conditions. We will again collect some samples after a month. If the conditions are found violated, legal action will be initiated against the company,” Food Security Commissioner Babaji Charan Das said.

The government allowed the sale of the instant snacks after the company authorities promised to the conditions.

The terms and conditions set by the government include withdrawal of nutrition label mentioning ‘No Added MSG’ on the pack which would mean that the noodles would be free from monosodium glutamate. Besides, the lead contained in the instant food item would be less than the fixed level which would be less than 2.5 mg per kg.

After meeting the chief secretary, chairman and managing director of Nestle India Suresh Narayanan said the noodles are completely safe.

“The restriction imposed on the sale of maggi has been lifted in Odisha. It was safe earlier, is safe now and will be safer in future,” Narayanan added.

On the other hand, there was a mixed reaction to the decision to lift the ban from consumers.

“It was easy to make morning breakfast for our school going children. We had stopped the use of noodles after government banned it. Now, the ban has been lifted. So, there is no problem in consuming it”, Tapaswini Mohanty, a homemaker, said.

Some others, however, have decided to stay away from such ‘poisonous food item’.

“Unaware about its poisonous contents, we used to take the noodles. But, we do not want to take it again,” Nirod Nalini Behera, another home-maker, said.

Notably, sale of Maggi noodles was banned in some states following an outrage over the presence of lead and monosodium glutamate (MSG) beyond permissible limits. Odisha had also joined the league of states banning the instant snack in June, 2015.