AAP seeks action against Goa food testing officials

Panaji, June 5 (IANS) The AAP on Friday demanded action against Goa’s Food and Drugs Authority, a day after India’s food safety authority termed the tests it conducted on Maggi instant noodles as “inappropriate”.

“Both FDA officials who conducted the tests and Nestle officials in charge of manufacturing the product should be punished by the state government,” demanded Dinesh Waghela, a member of the Aam Aadmi Party’s national executive.

If the FDA does not conduct proper tests, then AAP with the help of citizens will carry out the tests of all packed products, not just noodles, in an independent laboratory, he said.

Goa was one of the few states which had given a thumbs up to Maggi after most of the samples, sourced from the Maggi manufacturing unit in the state and the retail market, tested negative for mono sodium glutamate (MGS) and lead.

On Thursday however, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) chairman Yudhvir Singh Malik told reporters in New Delhi that reports of tests conducted by the Goa FDA had been “sent back” because they were “found to be inappropriate”.

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