Remember Maggi Noodles tagline – Taste bhi
, health bhi
? Well, it appears that it isn’t true anymore. Food inspectors have ordered Nestle India to recall a batch of Maggi packets from shops across the country, saying the product contained dangerous levels of lead, reports Reuters
The Food Safety and Drug Administration (FDA) in Uttar Pradesh collected more than two dozen packs of instant noodles from stores across the state and tested each pack separately before making the findings public. D.G. Srivastava, deputy inspector general of the FDA in Lucknow, said:
“Our experts conducted several tests and each time the results were shocking. Maggi instant noodles contained dangerous amounts of lead and MSG. We had to immediately issue orders against the company.”
It was found that the noodles have lead concentration of 17.2 parts per million (ppm), nearly seven times the permissible limit. The acceptable limit of lead ranges between 0.01 ppm and 2.5 ppm. The scientists also found high levels of added monosodium glutamate (MSG), a taste enhancer, in the noodles.
Nestle India, a subsidiary of Swiss-based Nestle S.A., in its statement, said:
“We do not add MSG to Maggi Noodles, and glutamate, if present, may come from naturally occurring sources. We are surprised with the content supposedly found in the sample as we monitor the lead content regularly as a part of the regulatory requirements.”
Despite the FDA’s efforts though, it may already be too late as most of the packets in the batch will have either been consumed or passed their ‘sell by’ date.