In response to the order by FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in Uttar Pradesh – that complained about the high lead content in Maggi noodle samples – the company has now released an official statement to challenge this order and filed the requisite representations with the authorities.
Nestle India said the batch of about 200,000 packets of noodles it was being asked to recall were made in February last year (i.e 2014) and had already reached their “best-before” date last November.
It said it collects stock nearing best-before dates from distributors and retailers and was confident products from that batch were no longer on the market.
Nestle India also said it had not received any other order to recall noodles currently being sold. Snippets from the official statement includes:
“We are 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. We have submitted product samples to an independent accredited laboratory and will share the results with the authorities. We are also aware of the reports of elevated levels of lead in a pack of MAGGI Noodles analysed by the authorities.”
“We regularly monitor for lead as part of our stringent quality control processes, including testing by accredited laboratories. These tests have consistently shown lead levels in MAGGI Noodles to be within permissible limits. We have submitted product samples to an independent accredited laboratory and will share the results with the authorities.”
We just hope that all the products by the company are fresh and do not harm the bodies in any manner. After all, we all are big fans of the age old Maggi Noodles!