Up to central government to revoke Maggi ban: Goa CM

Panaji, Nov 5 (IANS) Saleof Nestle’s Maggi noodles will resume only after the central government lifts the ban on the product, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said on Thursday, adding that the state government has no role in resumption of the sales of the popular instant noodle.

“Maggi noodles have been banned by the central government. It is up to them to revoke the ban,” Parsekar told IANS in state capital Panaji.

Parsekar’s remarks came after Nestle on Wednesday announced that samples from its manufacturing plants in Goa, Karnataka and Punjab have been cleared by the National Accreditation Board for Testing Calibration Laboratories (NABL) as directed by the Bombay High Court.

While Maggi noodles was banned across the country since June due to excessive traces of lead and mono-sodium glutamate (MDG) in the samples, Goa was one of the few states where the product initially tested negative for the two substances in two separate tests conducted here.

Maggi was subsequently taken off the shelves following directions from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, which ordered a re-test of the noodles’ samples.

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