Maggi Noodles off Big Bazaar shelves, all states to conduct tests

Detection of monosodium glutamate and lead in excess of the prescribed limit in the noodles denied by Nestle

GN Bureau | June 3, 2015


#maggi   #noodles   #nestle   #msg   #lead   #delhi   #up   #uttar Pradesh   #kerala   #Karnataka   #big bazaar  

Maggi noodles are turning out to be noose for brand Nestle. Latest to join the issue is Big Bazaar. The Big Bazaar on Wednesday removed Maggi noodles from its stores. This comes after the Delhi government found samples of the instant noodles unsafe for consumption. Uttar Pradesh and Kerala have already ordered the retailers in their states to take the product off their shelves.

Meanwhile, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has asked all states to conduct tests on all variants of Maggi noodles, and submit reports in two days (June 5).

Other states which have begun testing of Maggi samples are West Bengal, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

The ban and investigation follows detection of monosodium glutamate and lead in excess of the prescribed limit in the noodles.

However, Nestle India claimed it has got samples tested in an external laboratory as well as in-house and that the product was found "safe to eat".

Last week, a case had been lodged against Nestle India by Uttar Pradesh Department of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a local court at Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh over safety standards of its Maggi, while actors Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit and Preity Zinta have also been dragged into it for promoting the 'two-minute' noodles.

The entire controversy began when the UP FDA last month asked Nestle India to withdraw a batch of Maggi noodles manufactured in February 2014 after it found high levels of added MSG, a taste enhancer, in the noodles and lead beyond permissible limits.

"What the company had claimed about the absence of MSG in Maggi has found to be incorrect in the test," Barbanki District Food Officer VK Pandey had said. On lead content, he had said, "it has been established in the report that it is beyond the tolerance level of 2.5 parts per million (ppm). It is 17.2 ppm."

Delhi test

Test results in Delhi on Tuesday declared Maggi unsafe for consumption. According to officials,  of 13 samples of masala (tastemaker) 10 samples were found unsafe having lead exceeding the prescribed limits. Five samples of masala were also having monosodium glutamate without proper label declaration which is an offence under the category of misbranding, they said.

After the Delhi test results, the Karnataka government ordered random lifting of samples of Maggi noodles from across the state. The Karnataka FDA had concluded on Monday that Maggi was not unsafe. However, it has now asked for re-verification of that result from its Bengaluru labs.

Swiss multinational giant Nestle sells 5.2 billion Maggi noodle packs across the world in 130 countries every year.

Lead poisoning

Lead in food products may come from the raw materials, including water, flavouring ingredient or packaging.  The permissible limit of lead in food products is 2.5 ppm.

Comments

 

Other News

BJP lawmakers top the list in hate speech cases

Out of all MPs and MLAs in office, 58 have declared cases related to hate speech. This includes union minister for drinking water and sanitation Uma Bharti along with 14 other Lok Sabha MPs. The list also includes 8 state ministers. A party wise analysis reveals that BJP has the highest numb

After its withdrawal from Meghalaya and Arunachal, is it time to review AFSPA in other areas too?

After its withdrawal from Meghalaya and Arunachal, is it time to review AFSPA in other areas too?

Togadia, Sinha and anti-Modi prejudices masked by empty rhetoric

There is an uncanny similarity in the pathological opposition to prime minister Narendra Modi by two members of the right wing, Pravin Togadia and Yashwant Sinha. They come from a diverse social and political background; yet they share a common strand that shows an unmitigated hatred towards

“We are becoming American digital colonies”

Data is the new oil; and it needs to be protected. In an interaction with Governance Now, Lionel Baraban, CEO of Famoco, talks about how the French tech firm is developing secure business devices to safeguard data against going to other countries. What are the major roles o

Goa Shipyard and MTU, Germany to manufacture MTU engines in India

Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) and MTU, Germany have agreed to cooperate in the  local manufacturing of technologically-advanced MTU series 8000 engines in India. Under the agreement, which was signed at India’s leading defence trade show Defexpo-18, the companies will manufacture the 16-

ONGC employees bag 13 medals at the Gold Coast CWG

ONGC sportspersons outshone other participants in their respective categories in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. ONGCians bagged 13 medals including 5 Gold, 3 Silver and 5 Bronze, contributing to the 66 medal tally of Team India. ONGCians Ragala Venkat Rah

Current Issue

Current Issue

Video

CM Nitish’s convoy attacked in Buxar

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter