Published: Fri, December 01, 2017
Markets | By Rosalie Gross

Maggi Noodles is compliant with FSSAI norms: Nestle India

Maggi Noodles is compliant with FSSAI norms: Nestle India

The statement was given in context to an ongoing issue in Uttar Pradesh's Shahjahanapur where the district administration had slapped a huge fine on the company and its distributors after its popular noodles brand Maggi allegedly failed to pass a lab test. "The ash content, which includes heavy metals, found in the samples was above permissible limits for human consumption", district food quality chief, DP Singh, told dpa by phone.

A Nestle India spokesperson however denied that any ash was added to Maggi noodles, calling the product "100% safe" and saying the relevant samples were from 2015.

People familiar with the matter said seven samples were collected for testing by district administrations in 2015.

The fine was only imposed two years later after authorities had heard detailed representations from Nestle and its distributors, Singh said.

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Two years back, FSSAI had banned Maggi noodles over use of lead in excess of permissible limits and mislabelling of flavour enhancer monosodium glutamate.

The sample of Maggi Masala noodles from the shop of one Rinku Gupta had 2.54 per cent of ash content, excluding salt in the tastemaker.

The statement added that the latest development is "a case of applying standards basis an old advisory issued in 2015". Ash percentage of 2.60 per cent was found in the tastemaker of Maggi Atta noodles and Maggi Pazzta samples were found to have ash percentage of 1.2. On June 05, following an order from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Nestle withdrew all variants of Maggi noodles from the market, destroying over 35,000 tonnes of the product. "Maggi Noodles has always been safe for consumption and will continue to be", the company added. "We regret the confusion it may cause to consumers".

Nestle India, however, managed to mend fences with FSSAI and in September, the two jointly inaugurated the Nestle Food Safety Institute that would offer training to FSSAI officials and food companies on food safety.

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