Maggi noodles tem­po­rar­ily banned from dis­play and sale in Bhutan

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Chimmi Rinzin

The Bhutan Agri­cul­ture and Food Reg­u­la­tory Author­ity (BAFRA) un­der the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Forests has is­sued a public no­ti­fi­ca­tion yes­ter­day that Maggi noodles will be tem­po­rar­ily banned from dis­play and sale in Bhutan.

The no­ti­fi­ca­tion states that in wake of the on­go­ing Maggi noodles safety is­sue in In­dia, the Food Safety and Stan­dards Author­ity of In­dia (PSSAI) is­sued no­ti­fi­ca­tion dated 5th June, 2015 ask­ing Nestle In­dia to with­draw and re­call the Maggi noodles from the mar­ket as it is found un­safe and haz­ardous for hu­man con­sump­tion.

The author­ity no­ti­fies the public that the Maggi noodles man­u­fac­tured by Nestle In­dia are be­ing tem­po­rar­ily banned from dis­play and sale in the coun­try with im­me­di­ate ef­fect since the source of the im­ported prod­uct is from In­dia.

The no­ti­fi­ca­tion as per the author­ity has been is­sued as per the Sec­tion 42 to 49 of the Food Act of Bhutan 2005 which states that where it ap­pears any food dis­cov­ered in a food busi­ness, premises or ve­hi­cle or in pos­ses­sion of any per­son is un­fit for hu­man con­sump­tion or is likely o cause harm or dan­ger to hu­man health, the food may be seize by the food in­spec­tor and the owner of the food will be not be al­lowed to be sold, re­moved, ma­nip­u­lated, tam­pered with or oth­er­wise. Oth­er­wise a writ­ten or­der will be is­sued to

tem­po­rar­ily order­ing the food to be re­moved to some spe­cific place.

The gen­eral public are re­quested to ex­tend full co­op­er­a­tion to BAFRA at the toll free # 155 and in­form if any Maggi noodles are be­ing sold in the mar­ket.

Maggi a two minute noodles which is a fa­vorite among the chil­dren came un­der scan­ner due to high level of lead con­tents and monosodium glu­ta­mate widely known as MSG. Nestle the man­u­fac­turer of Maggi brand pulled out their prod­ucts from the stores af­ter the reg­u­la­tors found high level of lead in some packet.

Speak­ing to BT the re­gional manager of Tashi Com­mer­cial Cor­po­ra­tion in Thim­phu, one of the au­tho­rized deal­ers for Nestle prod­ucts in Bhutan said that he was not aware of such no­ti­fi­ca­tion as of yes­ter­day. He said that they have not sold a sin­gle car­toons of Maggi from their stores in Thim­phu for the last fif­teen days af­ter the news about the un­safe Maggi came out in the me­dia. They used to sell 1000 car­tons of Maggi per month.

Tashi Yang­zom, the reg­u­la­tory and quar­an­tine of­fi­cer with BAFRA said that as per the man­date of the author­ity there will be no sale of Maggi in the mar­ket and the field of­fi­cials has been in­formed about the ban and will be on fields in­spect­ing the shops, re­tail out­lets and whole sale stores.

She was not sure as to how long the ban will be put in place as the prod­ucts are im­ported from In­dia.

“Un­til and un­less the food reg­u­la­tory au­thor­i­ties in In­dia lift the ban, the prod­uct will not be al­lowed to be sold in the Bhutanese mar­ket:” she added.

The author­ity in­tends to take help from the rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers like the Depart­ment of Trade and re­spec­tive Dzongkhags to put the ban in place.

As per the me­dia re­ports over the past days, sev­eral In­dian states, in­clud­ing Delhi, have banned the popular in­stant food, say­ing lab­o­ra­tory tests of sam­ples tested for danger­ous high lev­els of lead.

The ban came about two weeks af­ter ini­tial con­cerns about Maggi noodles were raised in the state of Ut­tar Pradesh.

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