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Fresh samples of Maggi noodles sent to labs

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Samples of freshly produced Maggi noodles, collected from Nestle India’s plant at Nanjangud near here, have been sent to accredited food laboratories for tests.

The production of noodles resumed at Nestle India’s Nanjangud plant on Monday, with 70 grams packs of the instant noodles being made in five batches.

Food Safety Officers visited the facility on the same evening and collected five samples – one from each of the five batches. “We have sent three samples to the laboratories identified by the Bombay High Court and retained two with us”, Food Safety Officer Dakshayini Badiger told The Hindu .

The noodles can be released to the market only after the three NABL (National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories)-accredited labs give a clearance.

Sources said the Nanjangud facility, which is one of the five plants, where Maggi noodles is manufactured in the country, was carrying out only trial production. Commercial production for release of Maggi noodles into the market will be carried out only after the laboratories give a clearance.

The ingredients of the noodles in the resumed production had not been changed, said sources ruling out the possibility of the instant noodles tasting differently. Production of Maggi noodles resumed only after the State government lifted the ban on the popular brand on October 19. Earlier in June, Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI) had banned the product as a precautionary measure following a nation-wide uproar over content of lead and MSG.

But, sources in Nestle India said Maggi noodles had cleared the earlier tests conducted by the laboratories.

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