About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us

Maggi Noodles Banned in India: Food Safety and Standards Authority of India

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on June 7, 2015 at 6:52 AM
Font : A-A+

Maggi Noodles Banned in India: Food Safety and Standards Authority of India

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on Friday, June 5, 2015, ordered Nestle to halt the manufacturing and sale of Maggi noodles. The food safety regulator called the popular noodles 'unsafe' and 'hazardous' for human consumption after tests by some states found the noodles contained excessive lead.

Nestle, which denies the charges said that the noodles are safe to eat. The company had already announced that it was pulling the product from sale as it seeks to contain growing safety concerns. Nestle global chief executive Paul Bulcke said, "We decided to take off the noodles from the shelves as there was confusion about the safety. The safety of our consumers is paramount. We are working with the authorities to clear up this confusion."


An FSSAI statement said, "We are ordering Nestle India to withdraw and recall all the nine approved variants of its Maggi Instant Noodles from the market and stop further production. The presence of lead beyond permissible levels could make the product unsafe and hazardous, citing risks of damage to the kidneys and the nervous system."

The controversy surrounding Maggi began when food inspectors in Uttar Pradesh said that they had found high lead levels in two dozen Maggi noodle packets during routine testing, along with the flavor enhancer MSG (monosodium glutamate), which is not listed in the ingredients. The state last weekend filed a criminal complaint against Nestle India over the findings, while a separate legal petition was filed against Bollywood stars who have endorsed the noodles brand.

Nestle clarified that it does not use MSG in its Maggi products sold in India, but that glutamate is a naturally occurring substance and may be present in some of the ingredients. The FSSAI said, "Nestle had disputed the conclusions on the basis that the noodles and flavoring were tested separately, even though they are consumed together."

However, the company said that Maggi noodles would return to the market as soon as the current situation is clarified.

Source: Medindia

News A-Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Ways to Manage Stress during COVID-19 Pandemic
Can Adjusting Fatty Acid Intake Improve Mood in Bipolar Disorder Patients?
Insulin Resistance Doubles the Risk of Major Depressive Disorder
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Food Additives Why Do We Eat - Nutrition Facts Diet Lifestyle and Heart Disease Hunger Fullness and Weight Control Label Lingo on Food Items: Decoded Food Safety for Health Tips for Healthy Fasting During Ramadhan Top Diet Foods that Make you Fat Top Food for Dieters Selenium - Natural Source Better than Supplements 

Recommended Reading
Maggi Doesn't Meet FSSAI Standards, There Won’t be Compromise on Food Safety: Nadda
Nestle has been ordered to withdraw 9 variants of Maggi noodles immediately, including Maggi Oats .....
West Bengal Government Sends Maggi Noodles, Other Food Products for Testing
Samples of Maggi noodles and some other food items have been collected from West Bengal and sent to ...
Action Against Maggi Noodles Will be Taken Only After Test Reports Are In: Paswan
The Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said that the Indian government had taken .....
16 Samples of Maggi Collected in Bihar and Sent to Kolkata Laboratory for Testing
There is no testing facility in Bihar. So samples of Maggi noodles from across the state, including ...
Food Additives
A food additive is a non-nutritive substance added deliberately to any food product to improve its c...
Hunger Fullness and Weight Control
An erratic way of eating or any metabolic disturbance in the hunger fullness signals is one of the m...
Label Lingo on Food Items: Decoded
Read on to become a “pro” in “label reading” and don’t get tricked by fancy promotions of food produ...
Selenium - Natural Source Better than Supplements
Selenium is a powerful anti-oxidant that prevents cell damage and helps in thyroid hormone productio...
Tips for Healthy Fasting During Ramadhan
Ramadhan calls for a change in your food habits, and to help you glide through it easily, here we’ve...
Top Diet Foods that Make you Fat
Every nutrition fad comes with its share of diet foods. While they seem healthy, many diet foods pro...
Top Food for Dieters
A diet food contains protein, fiber and good fats, which help in weight management. Diet foods if co...
Why Do We Eat - Nutrition Facts
The importance of eating food and the physiological, psychological and social functions of food....

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use