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M’laya awaits test report

SHILLONG: Amid row surrounding Maggi noodles, the State government has said it will take appropriate action if the samples collected show excess amount of harmful chemicals like lead and Monosodium Glutamate (MSG).
“We’ll consider banning this (Maggi) product in the state if the tests on samples, collected from some parts of the State, find high level of MSG and lead in excess of the prescribed limit in the food,” a senior State Government official said here on Wednesday.
The state’s food safety office has already sent at least nine samples collected from the Maggi depot at Mawblei in the city outskirts to the Guwahati-based Public Health Laboratory last week.
Informing this, East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Goyal on Wednesday said,  “We will take action as per the report”.
It is learnt that the food safety laboratory will submit its report shortly.
Meanwhile, the State Health department also held a review meeting on Wednesday to take stock of the situation.
When asked if the supplied Maggie noodles would be withdrawn from the retail outlets, the Health and Family Welfare Minister AL Hek asserted that action will be taken based on the report.

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