Government orders recall nine of variants of Maggi noodles from the market; Nestle complies but calls product safe
Dr. Lalit Kishore | 05 Jun 2015

Food Safety & Standards Authority of India has ordered recall of all nine variants of Maggi noodles from the market terming them unsafe for human consumption. However, Nestle while withdrawing the product from the Indian market has maintained that its noodles are safe for consumption.

The Government of India's press note released today informs that pursuant to the adverse results received after sampling and testing of M/s Nestle India Private Limited's "Maggi Instant Noodles with Tastemaker" in U.P., the Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had advised Commissioners of Food Safety in various States to draw samples and get the same tested from authorized laboratories.

According to the note, the analysis of the reports received, and the record of the case, revealed the following 3 violations in the product: Presence of lead in excess of the permissible level of 2.5 ppm; misleading label of "No added MSG"; and release of "Maggi Oats Masala Noodles with Tastemaker" without risk assessment and grant of product approval.

The note adds that the Company representatives were given a hearing on 4.6.2015 by the Chairman and CEO of FSSAI to seek their response in the matter which has not been found to be satisfactory.  The violations of the law have been held to be established.

As per the note, the FSSAI has directed the Company as follows: (i) Withdraw and recall all the 9 approved variants of Maggi Instant Noodle from the market; and stop further production, processing, import, distribution and sale thereof; (ii) comply with the labeling regulations and remove the label of "No added MSG"; (iii) Withdraw and recall the food product "Maggi Oats Masala Noodles with Tastemaker" and any other product for which risk assessment has not been undertaken and product approval granted; and (iv) take appropriate action to re-ascertain the safety of its products in compliance of the obligation contained in Section 26 of the Food Safety Standards Act, 2006.

It has been reported that apart from Maggi, the Gujarat government banned the instant noodles of S K Foods for a month as it tested a lead content of 4PPM.