Maggi Noodles Banned in India over Reports of High Lead Levels.
On Wednesday, 3rd of June, the instant noodles brand, Maggie, was held responsible for using more than the permissible amount of the metal Lead in the India’s favorite snack. The brand has been banned for 15 days in the capital city of India, Delhi, after the center lodged a complaint with the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission against the Swiss based manufacturer of the product, Nestle.
Consequently, other Indian states including Kerala, Maharashtra and West Bengal followed league and sent their Maggie samples for food security testing. The Union Health Minister, J.P.Nadda, informed that his Ministry would not display any laxity for the brand. Instead, he assured that all the required actions would be taken against Maggi, depending on the reports from other Indian states. Quoting Nadda himself, “We are waiting for the reports from the States. We will have a meeting and action will be taken accordingly.”
The ban was imposed on Nestle`s noodles brand by the Delhi government when 10 out of 13 Maggi samples gave positive results for Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) and an excess of Lead during the food security testing. Nestle India, however, remains adamant about the safety of its product.
“Five samples were found to have high levels of MSG. Of the 13 samples we lifted, 10 packets of Maggi had Lead content beyond the prescribed limit of 2.5 pm. On an average, the lead content was found to be 3.5 pm,” said Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain. On further inquiry, he reported that Nestle has been instructed to recall its entire stock market and that strict action would be taken against it for misbranding. Moreover, he informed that the sale of the product will only be allowed after a complete security review.
Furthermore, various renowned food chains, including Big Bazaar, have barred Maggi in their outlets. The alarming discovery about the contents of Maggi has also held other branded products, like Kurkure, under the cloud.