36 Maggi samples sent to IPM lab for testing

Concerned over the nationwide health scare regarding the high content of lead and monosodium glutamate (MSG) in Maggi noodles, the Heath Department has collected 36 samples from different parts of the State and sent them to the Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM) in Hyderabad for testing.

“There is no laxity on our part. We will take appropriate action after getting the reports,” Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas told reporters here on Thursday. Over 22 samples were collected in Telangana. He recalled that Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda promised to initiate action based on reports from all the States and added that the State government in coordination with the Centre would take necessary action in the larger interest of the people.

When his attention was drawn over the inordinate delay in commencing the works of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) type institution at Mangalagiri in Guntur district, the Minister said the issue was likely to figure in the Cabinet meeting to be held on June 9 in New Delhi. The State government had already allotted 193 acres for the construction of the prestigious institute, besides settling financial issues.

A four-member committee that inspected the site near APSP VI Battalion at Mangalagiri in December last expressed satisfaction and claimed the topography was ideal for establishing the institute.

The committee said that the site connecting two national highways was suitable for setting up of the institute, the Minister said.



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