Pandey is now cynosure of all eyes and he is being hailed as a hero in the local media. Pandey was the first officer of the Uttar Pradesh's Food Safety and Drug Administration Department who conducted raids and seize the samples of Maggi in Barabanki, 30 km from UP capital Lucknow.

It all started as a routine check before March 17, 2014. Every year, officers of Food Department get orders from Lucknow to conduct raids just because large scale adulteration can be  found in milk and other food products.

A raid was conducted by Pandey on March 17, 2014 and the samples were sent for test at Gorakhpur's Regional Public Analyst Laboratory. Two weeks later, the report revealed that Maggi was containing Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) beyond the permissible limit.

It was not the first instance when Pandey revealed a major flaw in a major product. The 40-year-old Pandey had earlier taken on food giants like Britannia for wrong labelling on a product.

Maggi is one of the most consumed food items among around  13 lakh Army personnel. Future Group's retail chain Big Bazar announced that it was pulling Maggi off its shelves across India which led to the fall of Nestle India shares by more than 10 percent.

This developments came in the wake of a controversy over the alleged presence of lead and taste-enhancer monosodium glutamate (MSG) in the noodles beyond permissible limits.

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