It is no surprise to anyone that 'Maggi - Two minutes instant noodles' is a favorite snack throughout the country. But, the authorities in Lucknow asked Nestle to recall one batch of noodles produced due to the high amount of Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) and lead found in the product. Tests showed that the amount was seven times as high as what was supposed to be.
This huge uproar led to Nestle plunging into doing some serious damage control. While this could be a problem for Nestle, who owns 60% of the shares in the instant noodle market category, Nestle has written an update on their website promising to probe into the matter. The batch of about 200,000 packets that they were asked to withdraw had been produced in February 2014 and had "best before November 2014" as expiry date.
"We are confident that these packs are no longer in the market. The company does not agree with the order and is filing the requisite representations with the authorities," a Nestle spokesperson said in an emailed statement.
According to the company, they do not add MSG to the product, but add hydolised groundnut protein, onion powder and wheat flour to the masala packet, all of which contain glutamate.
"The quality and safety of our products are the top priorities for our Company," they have said, adding, "We are aware of reports that tests by the local authorities have detected Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) in a sample of MAGGI Noodles and that they are continuing their investigation. We have submitted product samples to an independent accredited laboratory and will share the results with the authorities."
On charges that Maggi noodles contain higher levels of lead, Nestle said it regularly monitors for lead as part of its quality control process.