Samples of Yippee noodles, collected from Vishal Mega Mart in June 2015, have been found to contain excess lead, informed chief food security officer, Dharmendra Dwivedi, on Saturday.
Talking about the raid carried out by the FDA team, Dwivedi said, “After receiving information that Yippee noodles contained excess lead, the FDA team seized seven samples, which were sent for tests in the Meerut lab. The report received confirms that both the noodles and its taste maker (masala) have failed the lead tests. The permissible quantity of lead in noodles is 01 part per million (PPM) and in taste maker, 2.5 PPM but according to test report, the samples contained 1.705 PPM lead in noodles and 3.24 PPM in taste maker.”
He added that a case would soon be lodged against the seller, the distributor and the company. “We have already issued notices to all three,” he said.
Talking about the ill-effects of excess lead consumption, child specialist, Dr. Pradip Bansal said, “It can cause diseases in kidney, intestine and bone marrow, and also lead to blood cancer, anemia, behaviour disorders as well as poor appetite.” The FDA team also raided shops in other parts of the city.