The decision was prompted by the presence of Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) in the samples sent for laboratory tests to Rudrapur in Udhamsingh Nagar district, he said.

"As the matter concerns public health we lost no time in imposing a ban on the popular food product in Uttarakhand. An order pronouncing the ban and seeking immediate withdrawal of the product from market places is being formally issued today," he added.

However, no lead content was found in the samples tested, the official stated, adding that out of the 300 samples sent to Rudrapur laboratory, test results of a majority of them are still awaited.

After test results of all the samples collected from different places across the state arrive they will be sent to Kolkata for the final laboratory tests, the Principal Secretary Health said. Big retailers like Big Bazar have already withdrawn Maggi packets from their outlets in the city, he explained, adding small retailers may take some more time to do so.

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