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'Other noodle brands, pasta will also be tested'
After ordering the recall of Maggi noodles, the food safety watchdog on Monday said it will not only test the samples of other instant noodle brands, including the imported ones, but also extend such checks to pastas like macaroni.
 
The watchdog also said it was not considering action against Maggi brand ambassadors for now.
 
"Overseas and local manufacturers would be treated equally. More noodle brands including pasta and macaroni products will also start getting tested this week," Yudhvir Singh Malik, the chief executive of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), told IANS. 
 
"As of now, we are not considering any action against the brand ambassadors associated with the Nestle's Maggi noodles," Malik added.
 
Following tests on some samples of Maggi, the watchdog on Friday had ordered the recall of all the nine variants of Maggi pan-India and had asked Nestle to halt its production and exports. It had also issued a similar order on Nestle's oats noodles and tastemaker.
 
While Nestle continued to contend that its noodles were safe for human and that the levels of lead were within permissible limits - as opposed to the findings of some tests that purportedly indicated otherwise - several states also became pro-active by issuing their own ban orders.
 
Malik also detailed the process involved in the recall of food products.
 
"Ideally, consumers should be able to return the product at the retail outlet and get their money back if they have the bill with them. It is also Nestle's responsibility to let the consumers return their products, if they have kept the bill with them," he said.
 
The regulator also plans to post a list of all approved noodle products on its website and advise the state authorities to test them. "We understand Delhi, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu have already started testing other brands. We will list all the approved noodle products soon." 
 
He further said that Nestle had been asked to give the regulator an update on compliance first after three days and then regularly until the end. "Because we understand that it could take 10 days or more, we will be taking regular progress reports from the company."

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'Green' signal for Mumbai Coastal Road
The union environment ministry has given the 'green' signal for the proposed coastal road for Mumbai, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Monday.
 
Fadnavis made the announcement after a meeting with union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi Monday morning.
 
"It's a dream come true...Best gift to Mumbai by Modi government," Fadnavis tweeted on what could be most ambitious infrastructure project for the country's commercial capital, expected to be completed in around three years.
 
The 35.60-km-long coastal road, estimated to cost around Rs.8,500 crore is part of the Rs.60,000 infrastructure projects planned for Mumbai and surroundings over the next few years.
 
The coastal road will start from Nariman Point near the Manora MLAs Hostel, will go underground at the NCPA to Napean Sea Road and go on along the west coast of the city up to Kandivali, a north-western suburb.
 
From there it is proposed to be extended to Virar town in Thane, and along the way would entail reclamation of land at several points, where commercial constructions would not be permitted.
 
The latest development came two days after the Maharashtra government signed a memorandum of understanding with the Netherlands government which will provide technical support for the project and the upcoming Mumbai Metro 3, combining them at various points for better connectivity.
 
Fadnavis said that the coastal road will decongest traffic in the city and would crease 91 hectares of green spaces, taking Mumbai infrastructure to the next level.
 
Taking a swipe at the former Congress-Nationalist Congress Party government, he said that the previous government was talking about the coastal road since five years.
 
"I had promised that (I) will get it approved in five months...Happy it took even lesser time," the chief minister added, thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
 
As per the time frame, the draft notification for the project will be issued by June 15, followed up with the final notification by August 15.
 
Earlier, the project had faced opposition from several Congress and NCP leaders, besides fishermen and environmentalists, who fear their fishing areas and the rich mangroves cover would be affected.

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COMMENTS

shanti Patel

2 years ago

It will definitely a signed of QUICK ACTION of present Maharashtra government. Hope execution will also be in the same manner and completed within announced time limit. It will help to all and particularly people going to gujarat.

Shanti K. Patel
Hon.Secretary-Bombay Shareholders Association

New CVC, CIC appointed
Former Central Board of Direct Taxation chief K.V. Chowdary has been appointed the new Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC), it was announced here on Monday.
 
T.M. Bhasin, chairman and managing director of the public sector Indian Bank, has been appointed vigilance commissioner, an official release said.
 
Seniormost Information Commissioner Vijai Sharma was named the new Chief Information Commissioner, said informed sources
 
The post of CVC had been lying vacant since Pradeep Kumar retired on September 28 last year, while the post of vigilance commissioner was also unfilled since incumbent J.M. Garg completed his tenure on September 7 last year.
 
Chowdary, a 1979 batch Indian Revenue Service officer, has also headed many high-profile income tax probes, including that of the 2G spectrum allocation case and the HSBC Geneva taxpayers' list.
 
The appointments have been made for a term of four years from the date(s) on which the officials enter upon their office(s) or till they attain the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier, the release added.
 
The government was under attack from the opposition for delaying the appointments and various RTI activists had also questioned the delay.

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