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Jun, 03 2015

Maggi row: Bihar, Kerala, Haryana orders probe, West Bengal to call meeting

The probe into alleged lapses of food safety standards has already been expanded to test Maggi noodle samples from across the country following detection.

Soon after the complaint was filed by a local person in Muzzafarpur  district of Bihar, the district court has asked police to register an FIR against two Nestle officials and film stars including Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit and Preity Zinta, who have featured in the Maggi advertisements and arrest them if required, reported PTI.

The complainant claimed that he purchased Maggi from a shop at Lenin chowk of Muzaffarpur on May 30 and that he was taken ill after he ate it.

Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Ramchandra Prasad directed Kazi Mohammadpur Police Station to register the FIR against the five and investigate the complaint.

The court also directed the police to go for arrest if required in the course of investigation. The order came during the hearing of a case filed by lawyer Sudhir Kumar Ojha on Monday.

The petition had named Managing Director of Nestle Mohan Gupta, its Joint Director Sabab Alam and the three film stars Amitabh, Madhuri and Preity, who have featured in Maggi ads at different times.

Lenin Chowk falls under Kazi Mohammadpur police station. The case has been filed under IPC sections 270 (malignant act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life), 273 (sale of noxious food or drink), 276 (sale of drug as a different drug or preparation) and 420 (cheating and dishonesty).

Meanwhile, Kerala government has also ordered pullout of Maggi noodles from its retail outlets while samples of the product in Haryana were lifted for testing.

In more trouble for Nestle India, Kerala Food and Civil Supplies Minister Anoop Jacob's office said an order had been issued to temporarily stop the distribution of Maggi noodles from its retail outlets in the state forthwith till there is clarity on the safety issue.

Kerala State Civil Supplies corporation, also known as Supplyco, has around 1,400 outlets throughout the state.

The probe into alleged lapses of food safety standards has already been expanded to test Maggi noodle samples from across the country following detection of monosodium glutamate and lead in excess of the prescribed limit in the noodles.

"We have taken cognizance of reports of alleged lapses of food safety standards in Maggi noodles. I have ordered my Department to lift samples of these noodles from across the State for laboratory testing," Haryana's Health Minister Anil Vij told PTI in Chandigarh.

Also, The West Bengal Food department has convened a meeting tomorrow to take a view on the Maggi row.  

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