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Food safety violation: Nestle’s Maggi violates three safety principles

According to Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Nestle’s Maggi noodles is not violating only one safety standard, but three.

As understood the reports, the product is not only unsafe, as well as perilous also.

The main infringement – that testing demonstrates various cases where the lead content in Maggi noodles is higher than the allowable limit of 2.5 parts for each million.

In one case, the Kolkata lab report shows lead content at 17.2 parts for every million.

Presently in such manner, the organization had contended that the testing methodology was off base since the product comes in two parts; the noodles and the tastemaker, thus testing ought to be done for the combined product instead of testing each component individually.

On the contrary, the FSSAI has rejected this argument saying, “the recommended measures must be applied in respect of each of these two components independently and have no linkage with the processing of the end product as it is consumed.”

The second infringement has to do with mislabeling. The FSSAI has taken exemption to the fact that the label of the product particularly says “no added MSG”, while the item is found to contain mono-sodium glutamate.

The third infringement, is the very existence of Maggi oats masala noodles with tastemaker.

“This product did not experience the essential danger and safety assessment; and approval process before being launched,” FSSAI said.

In light of these discoveries, the FSSAI has ordered that Nestle India stop further production and sale of Maggi noodles.

Maggi is an international brand of instant soups and noodles owned by Nestle since 1947. The original company was founded in Switzerland in 1872 by Julius Maggi.