Amid growing health concerns regarding the Maggi noodles, Nestle India has released on its website, the test results of Maggi noodle samples from the food laboratories. The test results, from Edward Food Research and Analysis Center Limited, Kolkata, mentioned that the samples of Maggi instant noodles complied with the norms of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). The test reports revealed that the lead content was less than 0.05 milligrams (mg) per kilogram (kg) while the maximum permissible level was 2.5 mg per kg.
The laboratory had taken samples of Maggi noodles on May 24, 2015, for a detailed analysis on the measures of chemical substances present. The tested 500 samples represent approximately 125,000,000 packs of the popular snack. Nestle India said on their website, "We regularly monitor all our raw materials for lead, including testing by accredited laboratories. These results have consistently shown lead in Maggi to be within safe limits."
AdvertisementApart from these samples, Nestle India stated that about 1,000 batches of Maggi noodles were tested in their labs. Nestle said, "All the test results showed lead content to be within the permissible levels, and the noodles were safe for consumption."
Regarding the presence of Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), for which the product label says 'No added MSG', Nestle said, "We do not add the flavor enhancer MSG (E621) to Maggi noodles. The product has naturally occurring glutamate from the hydrolysed groundnut protein, onion powder and wheat flour."
The company said that they are engaged with the authorities and the food industry to clear the confusion regarding their product.