The Maggi mess: Mumbai colleges drop the canteen staple from menus
One of the most popular hangouts for students of colleges in the Somaiya Vidyavihar campus in Mumbai, Maggi house, has stopped serving instant noodles on its campus after several states banned the product amid concerns over the safety standards of its ingredients.mumbai Updated: Jun 04, 2015 20:57 IST
One of the most popular hangouts for students of colleges in Mumbai's Somaiya Vidyavihar campus, Maggi house, has stopped serving instant noodles on its campus after several states banned the product amid concerns over the safety standards of its ingredients.
The kiosk, set up as Nestle House and popularly called ‘Maggi house’, also serves tea and other snacks. After the controversy over the noodles, only tea and coffee are being served at the counter, much to its patrons’ disappointment.
According to the principal of the college, Vijay Joshi, the college has decided against selling noodles in the interest of students after concerns over its contents were reported. “There is a kiosk on campus by Nestle that sells various other products besides Maggi. However, in the light of the results of lab tests and uncertainty over its safety, we have decided against selling the noodles on the campus. The kiosk will now only serve beverages,” said Joshi.
While the Somaiya campus will miss its Maggi house, other colleges, too, have decided to take the product off their canteen menus. The canteen managers at Wilson College, Churchgate, have halted purchase of the noodles, while Patkar College in Goregaon will take it off the canteen menu once the college re-opens after the ongoing vacation.
“While Maharashtra is yet to take a call on banning it and tests are still being conducted, the college doesn’t want to take any chances where quality is concerned,” said SL Matkar, principal, Patkar College.
Students of St. Xavier’s College who throng their college canteen for the instant noodles, too, are concerned about the controversy. However, according to principal Agnello Menezes, the college stopped selling the product a long time ago and does not sell carbonated drinks either.
For and against
“We have been eating the noodles for so long and the Maggi house is an integral part of our daily routine. It’s been around for more than six years and shutting it down will put a dent in the culture of the campus,” said Bhoomik Dedhia, a third-year engineering student at the Somaiya Vidyavihar campus.
“The company is yet to take responsibility for the issue, which is damaging its brand value. However, I think the college has taken a good call as the product’s quality is under scrutiny,” said Sanyam Sharma, management student at the Somaiya Vidyavihar campus.
* Last week, the Food Safety and Drug Administration (FDA) in Uttar Pradesh found high lead content in two dozen packets of instant Maggi noodles, manufactured by Nestle, while conducting routine tests. Several samples were recalled and tested in the state
* Lead content was found to be beyond permissible levels during some tests. Officials also found very high levels of monosodium glutamate
* On Wednesday, several states sent out samples for testing, with some also banning the product. Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat and Delhi have so far banned the product for varying periods of time and asked supermarkets to take it off shelves
* The share price of Nestle India fell by 10% on Wednesday amid the storm around its flagship product
* The central government has now sought reports from all states on the controversy over the quality of the noodles