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Lab results show Maggi complies with FSSAI norms: Nestle

Posted on June 04, 2015 from Delhi, National, Manipur ι Report #2193

New Delhi, June 4 (IANS) Nestle India has released on its website test results of Maggi noodle samples from the food laboratories showing that the lead quantity in the noodles is below the levels prescribed by FSSAI.

Nestle had procured test reports of its samples from Edward Food Research and Analysis Centre Limited, Kolkata. The test results mentioned that the samples of Maggi noodles complied with the norms of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

"We regularly monitor all our raw materials for lead, including testing by accredited laboratories. These results have consistently shown lead in Maggi to be within safe limits," Nestle India said on their website.

The test reports revealed lead content less than 0.05 milligrams (mg) per kilogram (kg) while the maximum permissible level was 2.5 mg per kg.

The laboratory had taken samples of Maggi noodles on May 24 for a detailed analysis on the measures of chemical substances present.

The tested 500 samples represent nearly 125,000,000 packs of the popular snack.

Apart from these samples, Nestle India stated that about 1,000 batches of Maggi noodles were tested in their laboratories. Nestle said all the test results showed lead content to be within the permissible levels, and the noodles were safe for consumption.

Regarding the presence of Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), for which the product label says "No added MSG", Nestle stated that "We do not add the flavour enhancer MSG (E621) to Maggi noodles".

Nestle added that the product has naturally occurring glutamate from the hydrolysed groundnut protein, onion powder and wheat flour.

The company said they are engaged with the authorities and the food industry to clear the confusion regarding their product.