In what may come as a slight respite for Nestle India, Maggi noodles samples collected from Mumbai and Thane in Maharashtra were found to contain lead levels within the permissible limits specified by food regulators. Nilesh Gandhi, Assistant Commissioner, FDA, said, "Nine samples of Maggi were taken and lead is found to be under permissible limit."
On June 5, 2015, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also said, "No objectionable matter was found in two-minute noodles, which were sent for laboratory tests. Five tests have been conducted on the product in central as well as state laboratories. No harmful material was found. The state government has not taken any action since nothing objectionable is found."
AdvertisementEarlier, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) directed Nestle India to withdraw nine variants of Maggi noodles found unsafe from the market and to stop further production and sale of the food product. Nestle Global CEO Paul Bulcke assured that the product was safe for consumption, and expressed confidence about the instant noodles being back on Indian shelves soon.
Seven states in the country including Delhi, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana have banned Maggi. Singapore has also banned Maggi instant noodles. There are reports stating that the United Kingdom has also ordered a study into its ingredients.
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