Maggi recently came under the scanner after samples collected by Uttar Pradesh Food Safety and Drug Administration were reported to be containing Mono Sodium Glutamate (MSG) and lead more than the permissible limits. Nestle India was asked to withdraw a batch of the popular snack from the market by the authorities in Uttar Pradesh recently.
Disputing the claim, Nestle India had said, “The company does not agree with the order and is filing the requisite representations with the authorities.”
Nestle released Press Release notification claiming that there is no excess lead in Maggi Noodles. Here is the press release notification released by Nestle.
1 June 2015
Extensive testing reveals no excess lead in MAGGI Noodles
We understand that consumers are concerned by reports that the authorities in Uttar Pradesh have found elevated levels of lead in a sample pack of MAGGI Noodles. We are fully cooperating with the authorities who are conducting further tests and we are awaiting their results.
We have also submitted samples of MAGGI Noodles from almost 600 product batches to an external laboratory for independent analysis and we tested samples from almost 1,000 batches at our accredited laboratory. These samples represent around 125 million [12.5 Crore] packets. All the results of these internal and external tests show that lead levels are well within the limits specified by food regulations and that MAGGI noodles are safe to eat. We are sharing these results with the authorities.
We regularly monitor all our raw material for lead, including testing by accredited laboratories which have consistently shown levels in MAGGI Noodles to be within permissible limits.
In addition, we remain committed to continuing to improve the quality of agricultural raw materials across the food chain working with farmers, suppliers, authorities and the food industry to ensure food safety.
The quality and safety of our products are the top priorities for our Company.
29 May 2015
We understand that consumers are concerned by reports that the authorities have found elevated levels of lead in a sample pack of MAGGI Noodles.
We regularly monitor all our raw material for lead, including testing by accredited laboratories which have consistently shown levels in MAGGI Noodles to be within permissible limits. We are currently conducting further tests on samples of MAGGI Noodles and we understand the authorities are doing the same. We will share our results with authorities and continue to collaborate fully with them to bring this matter to a conclusion.