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Nestle India has been asked to recall a batch of Maggi Noodles from shops across the country following a test done by the Food Safety and Drug Administration (FDA) which found the product to contain dangerous levels of lead. Two FDA inspectors found a lead concentration of 17.2 parts per million (ppm), close to seven times the permissible limit which hovers around 0.01 ppm and 2.5 ppm. The scientists in the Uttar Pradesh lab also found high levels of added monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is used as taste enhancer. Also Read - Kiara Advani Gets Trolled For Her Latest Picture in Yellow Dress, Netizens Call Her 'Maggi Noodles'
“Maggi instant noodles contained dangerous amount of lead and MSG. We had to immediately issue orders against the company,” D.G. Srivastava, deputy inspector general of the FDA in Lucknow said. Also Read - CG Corp Global to list Indian subsidiary on bourses by 2020, expand offerings
However, Nestle, the manufacturers of Maggi noodles said in its official statement, “We do not add MSG to Maggi Noodles, and glutamate, if present, may come from naturally occurring sources. We are surprised with the content supposedly found in the sample as we monitor the lead content regularly as a part of the regulatory requirements.”
While, on paper this might seem an ideal ground from magi noodles’ competitors like Sufeast and Horlicks, which also produce instant noodles, to gain ground in the market, things might turn otherwise give the fact the Maggi has managed to become a name synonymous with instant noodles in the country.
Especially in the remote mountainous regions, Nestle Maggi and Wai Wai are the only brands of instant noodles which manage to reach the locals.