India's food safety regulator had ordered Nestle India to withdraw Maggi noodles after some samples were found to contain higher-than-permissible levels of lead. This finding was rejected by the company, saying that its own independent tests suggested otherwise. Britain imports only masala flavor of these noodles. In a recent development, Britain's Food Standards Authority (FSA) on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, announced that Nestle India's Maggi noodles, manufactured in India and exported to Britain, were safe to consume and contained lead well within permissible levels.
A total of 900 samples were collected from Nestle as well as the local authorities in Britain and tested. The FSA said on its website, "The FSA can confirm that results from testing samples of Maggi noodles in the UK have all found that levels of lead in the product is well within European Union (EU) permissible levels and would not be a concern to consumers."
The food authority further added, "Following an incident in India, where a sample of Maggi noodles was reported to contain high levels of lead, the FSA made the decision to test a selection of Maggi noodles as a precaution."
Nestle India has halted production of Maggi instant noodles in its factories in India since June 5, 2015, and decided to withdraw it from the Indian market. The Bombay High Court on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, allowed the company to export all varieties of Maggi two-minute noodles from India, though the domestic marketing restrictions would continue.