Nestle India Ltd has faced an issue with an order from regional food inspectors in Uttar Pradesh, they found that the Nestle maggi instant noodles contained dangerous levels of lead.
“The Nestle company does not agree with the order and is filing the requisite representations with the authorities,” it said in a statement on 5/21/2015.
The Food Safety and Drug Administration (FDA) in Uttar Pradesh said high lead content was found during routine tests on two dozen packets of instant noodles, manufactured by Nestle India, a subsidiary of Swiss-based Nestle SA. Local FDA officials said all the packets of instant noodles tested in the state-run laboratory were unhygienic.
Nestle India said the batch of about 200,000 packets of noodles it was being asked to recall were made in February last year and had already reached their “best-before” date last November. It said it collects stock nearing best-before dates from distributors and retailers and was confident products from that batch were no longer on the market.
Nestle India also said it had not received any other order to recall noodles currently being sold.
FDA UP found a lead concentration of 17.2 parts per million (ppm), nearly seven times the permissible limit. The FDA officials said 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.
“Maggi instant noodles contained dangerous amount of lead and MSG. We had to immediately issue orders against the company,” D.G. Srivastava, deputy inspector general of the FDA in Lucknow, capital of Uttar Pradesh, told Reuters.
Nestle India, a subsidiary of Swiss-based Nestle SA, said it had strict safety and quality controls in place for all raw materials used to make Maggi noodles. “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,” it said.
A company spokesman confirmed Uttar Pradesh had ordered it to withdraw the batch dating back to March 2014, but added the items concerned had either already been consumed or were beyond the sell-by date, making the recall difficult.
Srivastava said his team collected more than two dozen packs of instant noodles from stores across the state and tested each pack separately before making the findings public. “Our experts conducted several tests and each time the results were shocking,” he told Reuters, adding they had approached federal food inspectors in New Delhi to launch a wider investigation of the noodles.
UP asks Nestle to withdraw a batch of Maggi noodles:
Nestle India has been asked to withdraw a batch of popular snack Maggi noodles from the market after it was found to contain high level of lead, Uttar Pradesh Food Safety and Drug Administration officials said. While a company spokesperson did not reply to repeated calls and emails queries sent for comments in this regard, FDA UP officials said the order pertained to a 2014 batch of Maggi noodles. FDA UP has ordered recall of a batch of about 2 lakh Maggi packs. Confirming the order asking Nestle to recall a batch of Maggi noodles, Additional Commissioner Ram Arya Maurya said, “Whatever action we had to take we have taken. I don’t wish to say anything more.” Tests of the said batch had also reportedly found high levels of added monosodium glutamate (MSG), a taste enhancer, in the noodles.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has asked for sampling of the product from all states after initial reports from FDA UP. The samples of all the states will be sent for testing at our NABL accredited laboratories and stated a final report is expected by end of this month. After initial reports from FDA UP, The Lucknow Food Safety and Drug Administration (FDA) had initiated inquiry and written to the FSSAI in New Delhi seeking to cancel the licence for maggi.
But, The Nestle India ltd, which manufactures maggi, is saying we did not add MSG to the procuct. Any way the final results will be shared by the authorities, the company said.
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