-Nisha Yadav, 3rd Year, MC
Waiting for the clock to strike twelve, a bunch of girls lurking around the hostel gate waiting for their mid-night snack to arrive. After studying furiously for their upcoming exam for hours when pangs of hunger hit, who doesn’t want a good tasty mouth – watering break. Maggi – our midnight “breakfast” cum all-nighter – not just served as a stress buster but also as a mean of energizing the students one last time prior to exam, saying “Abhi toh puri raat bachhi hai……(aur syllabus bhi!)”
When studying turns into merely staring at the same two lines for the past half-an-hour or so, students or rather boys- the luckier half of the college- share a look of understanding. It’s time for a break, it’s time to visit MAGGI BABA!
Whatever your age-group is, we all have fond memories of living on Maggi and loving the instant noodle, until now! The recent news of excessive Lead and Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) in Maggi noodles has caused a crisis in thousands of lives. Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra, New Delhi and Assam have banned its sales and several other cities await test results to confirm or deny the sale of the popular snack.
Though we all know the violation of safety standards in various sectors isn’t new in India, the real leaden feeling is that of betrayal! Recollecting the Coca Cola instance, a company which only marketed itself as “Life Tastes Good” not as “Life Tastes Healthy”, Maggi on the other hand claimed “Taste bhi health bhi”. It’s false 2-min claim made us laugh and because of the main ingredient being maida and the tastemaker containing high salt and calorie content, we knew it was too good to be true, but causing serious health hazards was only a nightmare.
The weak implementation of law and regulations in India resulting in too many culprits than the handcuffs is the issue which has been raised yet again and again. Despite being aware of such violations, the government allows domestic and foreign food manufacturing companies to have a free reign? To ensure product approval and the quality label, proper testing and regular inspections of the major brands should be done. As of now the FSSAI officials and the state governments are simply pointing fingers at each other for this blunder. The brand ambassadors Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit and Preity Zinta who endorsed the product are also liable for action for the misleading advertisement.
With Live larvae found in Nestle’s milk powder the following may also face the heat :-
- Smith and Jones Chicken Masala Noodles , Reliance Select Instant Noodles and Wai Wai Xpress Noodles
- Complan Pista Badam
- Heinz’s baked beans
- Kellogg’s Oats and Honey
- Kurkure and Lays
- Pastas, sauces, soft drinks
On the other hand, talking about the filthy street food, which is not even tested for matching the standards and is probably unhygienic and harmful for our health, it is neither banned nor discouraged by us. The Most Probable Number (MPN) of coliform bacteria has been found as high as 2,400, whereas the permissible limit is only 50.
Only time will tell whether this issue is going to be a serious curtain raiser OR just another breaking news headline. Will we have to suffer with the hostel mess food? Or will Maggi Baba turn into Yippee Baba? Though there is hope that the summer vacations might heal things, who knows what’s more to come!
Good Bye Meri Maggi!
Stats Courtesy – Times of India, Indian express and Business-Standard