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By NewsGram Staff Writer

What began as a routine inspection of the two minute noodles, has now snowballed into a storm wiping off another major brand from the consumer shelves.

Indo Nissin Foods Ltd. on Monday announced the withdrawing of its instant noodles brand Top Ramen from the market on the direction of regulator Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

“We are withdrawing our instant noodles Top Ramen from the market as our application for regulator approval is still pending with the FSSAI,” a company official told IANS.

The city-based company sought clarification from the regulator on its June 8 advisory on product safety testing of all instant noodles after it ordered Nestle India on June 5 to recall all nine approved variants of Maggi noodles.

“The regulator has directed us to withdraw our product till it (FSSAI) clarifies to our query and gives approval to Top Ramen noodles,” the official added.

After Maggi withdrew its varieties of noodles, leading FMCG major Hindustan Unilever also pulled out its Knorr instant noodles brand over safety issues.

Global cafe chain Starbucks has also stopped using ingredients not approved by the regulator in certain products served at its India outlets.

Indo Nissin Foods Ltd. managing director Gautam Sharma said the company tested its noodles after safety concerns of ready-made food products became a public issue.

“Testing of our noodles at accredited labs in the city showed that lead levels in two cases was slightly higher in their tastemaker,” Sharma admitted.

The heightened activity from FMCG companies comes after the central regulatory body came out with the advisory on product safety testing of all instant noodle products in India on June 8.

Tests in certain states had revealed the presence of lead beyond permissible limits and taste enhancer Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) in Maggi noodles.

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Patanjali Launches ‘Swadeshi SIM’, Partners With BSNL

The SIM will now be available for employees of Patanjali only.

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The SIM will now be available for employees of Patanjali only.
Baba Ramdev made the announcement of the launch of the swadeshi sim on Sunday, 27 May. Wikimedia commons

By Ajay Kumar

The fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) giant, Patanjali, has announced that it will soon debut in the telecom sector. Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev made the announcement. Patanjali on Sunday had launched Swadeshi Sim cards n partnership with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).

At the launch, Baba Ramdev said that BSNL is a Swadeshi Network and the two said companies have the common motive of ‘welfare of the country’.

Like other telecom giants, Patanjali too is making its enter massive by launching its sim with a health, life and accidental insurances. It will also offer unlimited calls across the country, a 2GB data pack and 100 SMS a day for a recharge of Rs 144. This is said to be the best plan of BSNL till now. In addition to these, Patanjali sim card holders will also get a discount of 10 percent on Patanjali products.

The SIM will now be available for employees of Patanjali only.
Patanjali has tied up with BSNL for its plans. Wikimedia commons

The SIM will now be available for employees of Patanjali only.

While talking to ANI, Baba Ramdev said, ” There are five lakh counters of BSNL and from there people can soon get Patanjali swadeshi-samradhi card.”

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In 2016-2017, Patanjali had crossed a turnover of Rs 10,500 crore by making a growth of 111 percent and was aiming to cross the mark of 20,000 crore in 2018. Whereas, BSNL is one of the top three loss-making ventures of the government. It had reported a net loss of Rs 4,786 crore in 2016-2017. This partnership is being seen to bring a new competition in the telecom market that will benefit both the companies and, obviously, the users.