Maggi instant noodles which was disproved by the Indian FDA (Food Safety and Drug Administration) has been approved by the UK’s Food Standard Agency (FSA) on Wednesday by giving clean chit to Nestle for Maggi manufactured in India saying that the level of lead in the product is well within the permissible level of EU standards. Considering this Maggi has faced a huge loss in India by destroying Maggi noodles worth rupees 320 crore by recalling it from the Indian market. According to the news from UK “The FSA can confirm that results from testing samples of Maggi Noodles in the UK have all found that levels of lead in the product is well within EU permissible levels and would not be a concern to consumers,” FSA said in statement.
Surprisingly not only in UK but the food regulators of other countries such as the Vietnam Food Administration (VFA), National Measurement Institute in Australia and Singapore’s Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) have also given clean chit to Nestle India and said that Maggi noodles imported from India are “completely safe to eat”. Nestle India currently exports Maggi noodles to Canada, UK, Singapore and Kenya and to third parties in the US, Australia and New Zealand.
Maggi noodles in India were banned due to the issue raised by Indian Food Safety Regulators FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) over the presence of lead beyond permissible limits and taste enhancer monosodium glutamate. But in UK’s FSA found it safe for consumption. “Following an incident in India, where a sample of Maggi Noodles was reported to contain high levels of lead, the Food Standards Agency made the decision to test a selection of Maggi Noodles as a precaution. In India, this incident has resulted in a large scale withdrawal of the product”, it said.
Nestle India has informed FSA that the only variety of Maggi Noodles which they import into the UK from India is the ‘Masala Flavour’. “The FSA has now tested this flavor and others from the Maggi noodles range, as a precaution. As well as tests carried out by local authorities, the FSA has also asked Nestle to provide it with test results from its own samples. All showed the intensity of lead to be well within EU permissible levels,” it said. The total number of samples taken from Nestle, local authorities and port authorities were around 900 in total, FSA added.
If you take this into consideration, The Nestle India has faced the huge loss in India due to the FSSAI norms which certified Maggi as not safe for consumption and forced the company to recall the entire stock from the Indian market which at the end had been destroyed by the Nestle India. There is no standard of measurement in the world which decides what is good and what is bad for the people, because something bad for one is proved good for others. The example of Maggie product is the smoldering example of the same. Reader’s comments and suggestions will be most welcome on this issue.
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