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Delhi government bans Maggi for 15 days
The Delhi government on Wednesday banned Maggi noodles for 15 days, after samples of the noodles were found to contain more than the permissible quantity of lead.
 
Health Minister Satyendar Jain said the government has asked Maggi producer Nestle to recall all stocks of the noodle brand from the national capital.
 
"We have asked Nestle to take back all stocks of Maggi noodles from every store in the city. We are putting a 15-day ban on sale of Maggi noodles in the national capital. The ban will be in force from today (Wednesday) itself," Jain told media persons.
 
He said the ban was imposed as samples of Maggi noodles were found to contain more than the permissible quantity of lead -- which is 2.5 parts per million (ppm).
 
"Ten samples out of 13 were found unsafe after tests," he said.
 
Jain said some officials from Nestle met him and gave their explanation on the issue.
 
"They said the lead content in Maggi was within the permissible limit which we (Delhi government) did not find satisfactory and decided to ban its sale in Delhi for 15 days," the health minister said.
 
"Five samples of masala (taste-maker) were also found to contain monosodium glutamate (MSG) without proper label declaration which falls under the category of misbranding," he said.
 
Jain said that after 15 days, the city government would reassess the quality of Maggi noodles and would allow it to be sold in the city only if it is found satisfactory, pure and in accordance with the norms.
 
He said samples of noodles of other brands will also be sent for tests.
 
"We have issued orders for checking samples of noodles of other brands also. The samples of Maggi noodles were tested in laboratories of the Delhi government."
 
On whether action will be taken against Nestle officials, he said: "We will work according to the food adulteration law and will initiate a case in this connection."
 
The detailed and final report of the test/analysis was awaited and the government will decide on further action once it is received, he said.
 
"We will not tolerate any kind of adulteration in food items. We will take strict action against the adulterators," Jain added.
 
Last week, 13 samples of Maggi noodles were taken for test/analysis, and in case of the masala (taste-maker) part of the noodles, 10 masala samples were found to contain lead exceeding the prescribed limits.

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Personalised debit cards for India Post
Cash management and payments solutions company CMS Info Systems has signed a deal with the Department of Post (DoP) to personalize over 15 million debit cards for India Post savings account holders, it was announced on Wednesday.
 
"The deal, valued at Rs.30 crore, is estimated to be completed in the next three years," an official statement said.
 
At present, the DoP covers a base of around 100 million account holders in India and is in the midst of a phased deployment of ATMs across the country to better service its customers.
 
To facilitate production of personalized debit cards that can be used at these ATMs, DoP has selected CMS Info Systems to supply Rupay-enabled cards.
 
"Our latest deal with DoP will power issuance of personalized cards to complement their ATM deployment plans over a three-year period," said Mokam Singh Matta, head of card business, CMS Info Systems.
 
The personalized debit cards for DoP will be issued on the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) platform and their usage would initially only be on ATMs installed at DoP branches, as a closed loop environment. The cards can later be used on other ATMs with Rupay affiliation, it added.

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Maggi noodles safe in Goa: FDA
Maggi noodles are safe for consumption in Goa, a senior Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) official said on Wednesday.
 
FDA deputy director Jyoti Sardesai told reporters in Panaji that tests conducted on Maggi products, both at the local production unit and retail stores, showed that monosodium glutamate (MSG) and lead levels were within accepted limits. 
 
"Both MSG (monosodium glutamate) and lead levels were within limits when we conducted the tests," she said.
 
She said that following the nationwide controversy over consumption of Maggi noodles, the department had conducted a series of tests, which did not show violation of food laws.
 
She also said that Maggi noodle samples were drawn from the Nestle manufacturing unit at Bicholim sub-district in North Goa as well as from five randomly chosen retail stores for the tests.
 

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