The Delhi tests did lead to a government ban on the Nestle product, but it also exposed how the state of around 18 million people was woefully ill-equipped to manage a food safety crisis.
At the height of the Maggi Noodles furore, when labs across the country were sending their test results to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the FSSAI made it a point to praise Delhi’s “perfect reports”.
For officials in the national capital’s government food safety department, however, it was not exactly a matter of pride — to conduct these tests, they had to seek the help of a private lab for the first time. Reason: their only lab did not have the technology, expertise or even accreditation to do the job in time.
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