With the central food safety regulator ordering withdrawal of nine approved variants of Maggi, Health ministry on Friday said it is of the “confirmed” opinion that the product failed to adhere to safety norms and assured that no compromise will be done on food safety.
Union Health Minister J P Nadda said that his Ministry had received the reports from all the states and after assessing them it has come to the conclusion that the nine variants of Maggi should be recalled.
“We have come to the conclusion that the food safety and standards have not been adhered by Nestle company and Maggi products and that is why we have given instructions that all nine products (variants) should be recalled from the market,” Nadda said.
Asked about Nestle CEO’s statement that Maggi was safe, Nadda said that his ministry has gone through the reports which every state has sent to it and then reached the conclusion.
“We have got the reports from every state now and we are of the confirmed opinion that the Maggi product was not following the ingredients and the safety measures which were required and that is why we have come to this conclusion that the product should be recalled from the market,” he said.
Coming down heavily on Swiss giant Nestle, the central food safety regulator FSSAI has earlier ordered recall of all nine approved variants of Maggi instant noodles from the market, terming them “unsafe and hazardous” for human consumption.