UK Food Standards Agency gave clean chit to India-made Maggi

It was banned in India by food safety regulator FSSAI for containing high levels (beyond permissible limits) of lead and taste enhancer Monosodium Glutamate (MSG).

Created On: Jul 2, 2015 12:30 IST

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) of United Kingdom (UK) on 1 July 2015 released test results of Nestle’s 2-minute Maggi noodles manufactured in India. FSA in its release said that levels of lead in the product are well within European Union permissible levels and would not be a concern to consumers.

In total 900 samples were taken from Nestle, local authorities and port authorities for being tested.

United Kingdom Food Standards Agency (UK FSA) decided to test a selection of Maggi Noodles as a precaution after the product was banned in India on 5 June 2015. It was banned in India by food safety regulator Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for containing high levels (beyond permissible limits) of lead and taste enhancer Monosodium Glutamate (MSG).

Earlier, the food regulators of other countries have said that Maggi noodles imported from India are completely safe to eat. The food regulators that have permitted sale and consumption of the product include the Vietnam Food Administration (VFA), National Measurement Institute in Australia and Singapore’s Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA).

At present, Nestle India exports Maggi noodles to Canada, UK, Singapore and Kenya and to third parties in the US, Australia and New Zealand.

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