Maggi Noodles
A vendor prepares Maggi noodles at a roadside eatery in New Delhi in June 2015.Reuters

The Karnataka government on Monday lifted its ban on the sale of Maggi noodles across the state with immediate effect, Health Minister U.T.Khader said in Bengaluru.

"As no food testing laboratories have quantified the extent of lead and monosodium glutamate (MSG) content in Maggi noodles, the ban on its sale in the state is withdrawn with immediate effect," he told reporters.

The popular instant noodle brand of Nestle was banned in the state in June following a directive from watchdog Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

Meanwhile, PTI has reported from Ahmedabad that the ban on the sale of Maggi noodles was removed in the state after the Bombay High Court lifted the nationwide ban on the popular instant noodles in August.

"FDCA had lifted the ban on Maggi in Gujarat during August after the Bombay High Court passed an order to lift the ban across India. We took the decision based on the court order," Gujarat Food and Drug Control Authority (FDCA) Commissioner HG Koshia told Press Trust of India.

The Gujarat government had banned the sale of Maggi for a month in June this year after the lead and monosodium glutamate levels in the noodles were found to be above the prescribed limits. Later, the ban was subsequently extended till September. However, the Gujarat FDCA revoked the ban mid-way in August after the court order.

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