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Samples of locally produced instant noodles tested at the Industrial Technology Institute (ITI) have been found to be safe and their lead concentration is below the internationally accepted risk level, Health Services Director General Dr. Palitha Mahipala said today.

An ad-hoc Food Consultative Committee meeting chaired by Dr. Mahipala and attended by officials representing the Consumer Affairs Authority, Sri Lanka Standard Institute and relevant Health Ministry officials was held to discuss the risk factors involving the instant Maggi noodles and also the steps taken by the Food Control Unit of the Health Ministry on the issue.

It was revealed during the discussion that Sri Lanka did not import instant noodles or related raw materials from India or any other country except Monosodium Glutamate, the main ingredient used to produce instant noodles.

The tests carried out at the ITI laboratories on randomly collected samples of instant noodles from the local market had revealed that lead contents of them were comparatively lower than the minimum permitted level. However, it was also revealed that a minimum permissible level of lead in noodles had not been determined in Sri Lanka by any institution, Dr. Mahipala stressed.

The lowest permissible level of lead in noodles in accordance with the international standards is 0.3mg/kg. The lead concentration in instant noodles samples tested at ITI was less than this level, he added.

“As a precautionary measure, we decided to test all varieties of noodles imported to Sri Lanka if any before entering them to the domestic market for heavy metals like lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium etc. All noodles producers in the country are ordered to occasionally test their noodles stocks for lead content, at a qualified laboratory with the assistance of district food inspectors and immediately remove stocks from the market if found to be containing lead concentrations over the permitted level of 0.3mg/kg.,” Dr. Mahipala said.

The committee also decided to suspend promotions, advertisements and commercials or any type of publicity on noodles in the print or electronic media or in any other medium until the situation returned to normal, he said. (Sandun A Jayasekera)
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  • Nuwan Friday, 26 June 2015 08:57 AM

    All instant noodles have the ingredient "Monosodium glutamate" Which is bad for your health. We cant say this is within the given tolerable levels. Poison is always poison.

    Jayantha Friday, 26 June 2015 02:13 PM

    Ha ha ha haaa...........

    Ryan Friday, 26 June 2015 02:49 PM

    There is a sinister move to destroy productively run businesses, we should protect these organisations, we were fed even as kids by these companies and we are indebted to them

    Desmond Jeromme Friday, 26 June 2015 09:57 AM

    You mean to say - Indian Maggi noodles not good for health?

    Horri Jimonis Friday, 26 June 2015 09:58 AM

    Did BBS Secretary meet you and bribed you?

    Bubble Banda Friday, 26 June 2015 10:01 AM

    We appreciate your statement, but we are we will not agree with BBS liars statement.

    Vijith Pieterz Friday, 26 June 2015 10:05 AM

    Yes fine, then why Gallabodde Thero is using only Foreign liqiour and cigarettes.

    kan Friday, 26 June 2015 10:11 AM

    Can not believe that in a corrupt country, better to avoid eating noodles which itself is not good for health except home made.

    Jaywrite Friday, 26 June 2015 04:58 PM

    All kind of instant food must be checked before then come into the market. When the India have discovered a problem with a product then our people try to follow up the India.

    Rasheed Friday, 26 June 2015 10:56 AM

    Bribery Commission to check his Bank account?

    suresh Friday, 26 June 2015 07:45 AM

    Do we get from the same supplier as india, or are they manufactured in each country?

    metta Friday, 26 June 2015 12:47 PM

    Did they offer you a good package?


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