GUWAHATI, May 21 � After Uttar Pradesh, Nestle�s Maggi noodles will have to go through a series of quality and food safety tests in Assam as well.
Preferred as an instant food across India, including the Northeast, different batches of two-minute Maggi Noodles have been sent for food safety tests in Guwahati and several other towns in Assam.
The Health Safety Branch of the Health department has already sent samples of Maggi noodles to the State Public Health Laboratory for their quality checks.
Official sources while confirming the development said that the reports are expected in 14 days time based on which future steps would be initiated.
�We came across certain reports about the ingredients used. To be extra sure about the quality of the product we are consuming and also to dispel myth or propaganda, if any, the authority have decided to go for the tests,� a senior Assam Government official told The Assam Tribune.
The tests would ascertain if the food stuff follows the standard norms and regulation of food safety in Assam.
The decision to send the noodle for the safety tests was taken after agencies in�Uttar Pradesh�reportedly found that the product contains added monosodium glutamate (MSG) and�lead in excess of the permissible limit.�
Meanwhile, a section of traders when contacted told this reporter that sale of maggi noodles in Northeast is one of the highest in the country.
�It would be interesting to see the final report and let us wait till the time the report emerges,� the trader requesting anonymity said.