news Thursday, June 04, 2015 - 05:30
Big retail chain outlets in the city such as Big Bazaar and Nilgiris have taken Nestle’s Maggi noodles off its shelves, even as the state government awaits the final laboratory reports on presence of excessive lead in them. Incidentally, both the retail outlets belong to the Future group. The State government on Tuesday had ordered the testing of samples of Maggi noodles after Uttar Pradesh and Delhi found high content of lead in them. The final report is expected within a few days, state Health Minister U.T. Khader had said. “The existing stock is also being sent back. We are stopping the sale of Maggi noodles,” a staff at a Big Bazaar outlet was quoted as saying by Deccan Herald. Nilgiris too would ban the sale of its products in all stores, the report added. However, in smaller retail shops and other supermarkets like Reliance Fresh, the sale of Maggi noodles has not been stopped. They reportedly said that a decision would be taken only after the government made public the laboratory report. A provision store in Rajajinagar too said that the recent controversy of presence of high lead content in Maggi had not affected its sales. “While a handful prefer other brands of noodles over Maggi, a majority of them continue to buy the product,” Puttiah Shetty, the store owner was quoted by the paper.