Nestle India defends Maggi Controversy, Says It is Confident about Quality

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NEW DELHI: On April 30, 2015 the local authorities in Lucknow,Uttar Pradesh asked Nestle India to recall one batch of MAGGI Noodles (around 200,000 packs) which were manufactured in February 2014 and had already reached the ‘Best Before date’ in November 2014.

Nestle was asked to recall one batch of Maggi noodles after tests showed it contained seven times higher levels of lead than permissible and traces of the controversial ingredient Monosodium glutamate (MSG). However, Nestlé India in its official website claims confidence that these packs are no longer in the market.

The company has filed the requisite representations with the authorities. It is important to note that there are no other orders to recall MAGGI Noodle products in the market, The company further added. People can be confident that MAGGI Noodle products are safe to eat. Company reiterates that quality and safety of products are the top priorities for Nestle.

The release on Nestle’s web says “Company follows strict food safety and quality controls at their MAGGI factories, including thorough quality checks at each stage of raw material sourcing and manufacturing process. This includes comprehensive testing to ensure that MAGGI Noodles comply with all applicable food safety laws, as well as Nestle’s own high standards of quality and safety before they reach  consumers”

Nestle is 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. The company have submitted product samples to an independent accredited laboratory and will share the results with the authorities.

The release claims that Nestle do not add MSG to MAGGI Noodles sold in India and this is stated on the concerned product. However, it has used hydolysed groundnut protein, onion powder and wheat flour to make MAGGI Noodles sold in India, which all contain glutamate. Company believes that the authorities’ tests may have detected glutamate, which occurs naturally in many foods.

Nestle says that the company is aware of the reports of elevated levels of lead in a pack of MAGGI Noodles analysed by the authorities. It regularly monitors for lead as part of their stringent quality control processes, including testing by accredited laboratories. These tests have consistently shown lead levels in MAGGI Noodles to be within permissible limits. Nestle says  ” It  has submitted product samples to an independent accredited laboratory and will share the results with the authorities”

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