Uttar Pradesh Food Safety and Drug Administration (UP FDA) on 20 May 2015 asked Nestle India to withdraw a batch of snack Maggi noodles from the market. UP FDA ordered the removal of the batch of popular snack after it found that the product contained high level of lead in it.
UP FDA said the order pertained to a 2014 batch of Maggi noodles. It also said that the batch of the noodles contained high levels of added monosodium glutamate (MSG), a taste enhancer.
During its routine tests conducted on two dozen packets of instant noodles in Kolkata, UP FDA found high lead concentration of 17.2 parts per million (ppm) in these packets, which is nearly seven times more that the permissible limit, which is between 0.01 ppm and 2.5 ppm.
About Nestle India
Nestle India is a subsidiary of Swiss conglomerate Nestle SA, which sells noodle, ketchups, sauces, soups and other products under the Maggi brand. Its products covers around 60 percent market share in the instant noodle category.
The Company was founded in 1866 by Henri Nestle in Vevey, Switzerland.
Nestle India have eight manufacturing facilities across India and they are in Moga (Punjab) set up in 1961; Choladi (Tamil Nadu) set up in 1967; Nanjangud (Karnataka) set up in 1989; Samalkha (Haryana) set up in 1993; Ponda and Bicholim (Goa) set up in 1995 and 1997, respectively; and Pantnagar (Uttarakhand) set up in 2006; and Tahliwal (Himachal Pradesh) set up in 2012.
The Nestle India’s Head Office is located in Gurgaon, Haryana.
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When: 20 May 2015