Today hot topic news Maggi noodles controversy
Drug Administration, collected samples of Maggi from a store on March 10, 2014 for tests to determine whether Nestle India was complying with its stated claim that the product doesn’t contain any monosodium glutamate (MSG), a taste enhancer.A test in a laboratory in Gorkahpur revealed the amount of MSG was more than the permissible level. When Nestle disputed the finding, further tests in one of the best laboratories in Kolkata confirmed the high MSG levels and detected dangerously high lead content in Maggi samples.
What Mean Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer commonly added to Chinese food, canned vegetables, soups and processed meats.
The samples of noodles, spaghetti, pasta and macaroni made by other companies too will be sent for testing. “We understand that a toxic substance is used by many of these companies to ensure that the noodles and similar products so that they don’t stick together after cooking.”
Pandey, who had earlier taken on Britannia for the “wrong labelling of its non-vegetarian cake” told that against the permissible lead content of 0.01 parts per million, the Maggi samples contained 17 parts per million.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India ordered nationwide tests following an order “If contents are injurious to health, we will take action. We will find the culprits…they will be punished,”
Only one of 13 samples tested in a Delhi laboratory was deemed acceptable. Lead levels in 10 samples exceeded the prescribed limit and five were inaccurately branded and contained MSG without a proper declaration.
Nestle India, in statements posted on its website, contended Maggi is safe as the results of “internal and external tests show that lead levels are well within the limits specified by food regulations”.
It said samples of Maggi noodles from 600 product batches were sent to an external laboratory for independent analysis while samples from almost 1,000 batches were tested at a Nestle laboratory.
Nestle said it was cooperating fully with authorities after officials in Uttar Pradesh informed it about elevated levels of lead in a sample of Maggi and MSG in products labeled “no added MSG”.
Maggi’s troubles grow Delhi bans sale of noodles
government in Delhi on Wednesday banned the sale of Maggi noodles for 15 days in the Capital, deepening manufacturer Nestle India’s troubles as the country’s food safety regulator has ordered nationwide tests of the instant snack amid mounting food-safety fears.Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain revealed the government’s decision at a press meet after 10 out of 13 samples of the popular “two-minute” snack failed laboratory tests and were found to be unsafe, containing lead exceeding the permissible level.“The government asked Nestle to recall all Maggi noodle packets from the national capital,” said Jain, who met officials of the multi-national food giant earlier in the day.“Further tests will be conducted during the fortnight. Besides, samples of instant noodles of other brands will be tested, too.”
Nestle India said it has not received any order from central or state authorities for recall of Maggi noodles. “We wish to state that we have till now not received any orders from any state/Centre FDA authorities to recall Maggi noodle products in the market except an order from the Uttar Pradesh FDA dated 30.4.2015 asking us to recall a batch of Maggi noodles manufactured in February 2014, which had already reached the best before date in November 2014,” it said.Maggi sales have plunged since laboratory tests — first in Uttar Pradesh in April — showed the noodles contained lead and the chemical flavour enhancer monosodium glutamate, or MSG, at levels higher than the legal minimum.The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) ordered nationwide tests after Union food minister Ram Vilas Paswan directed the regulator to do so.
According to medical experts, excessive intake of lead can cause damage to the kidneys, bones and nervous system. It is particularly harmful to children and can cause learning disorders. Health experts say MSG, often used as a flavor enhancer in processed food and in some restaurants, can damage the nervous system with long-term use.