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FSA Release Maggi Noodle Testing Results

July 1, 2015

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has released results of tests on samples of Maggi Noodles taken following high levels of lead detected in the Nestlé product in India. Approximately 900 test results were looked at and all were found to contain levels of lead well within EU permissible levels. Nestlé had confirmed that masala flavour was the only variety of the product which is imported into the UK. Sampling by local authorities which included a range of flavours was undertaken purely as a precaution.

Maggi noodles were taken off the shelves in India on June 5th after levels of lead beyond the permissible limit of 2.5 part per million (ppm) and unlabeled monosodium glutamate were found in samples. Manufacturers Nestlé, subsequently instigated the biggest withdrawal in the company’s history destroying over 27,000 tonnes of noodles with a market value of £32 million.

Despite a ban on internal sales this week, the High Court in Bombay passed a ruling allowing the company to continue exporting the product whilst its appeal against the original decision of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to remove Maggi noodles from shelves is decided. The next hearing is due on July 14th when the company will question test results from the FSSAI, claiming its own tests had shown levels within safety limits. In a statement to the Court, the company said the ban was “unauthorised, arbitrary, and unconstitutional for violating right to equality and trade.”