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UK Food Standards Agency: Nestlé’s Maggi Noodles Do Not Contain Excess Lead

The United Kingdom’s food safety regulatory agency has stated that Nestlé’s Maggi noodles do not contain excess lead and are safe to consume.

“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 [are] well within EU permissible levels and would not be a concern to consumers,” the Food Standards Agency announced on Wednesday.

Maggi NoodlesFSA officials said that they collected about 900 samples of the Maggi 2-Minute Noodles, including one variant imported from India, and found lead levels to be within allowable limits.

FSA also analyzed test results conducted by Nestlé itself.

“We have carried out extensive tests of our MAGGI Noodles in India, in addition to our regular testing of the finished product and raw materials, which is why we are saying the products are safe for consumption,” the company stated on its website.

India recently banned Maggi instant noodles because of excessive lead levels reportedly found in some samples tested by authorities there and because of undeclared monosodium glutamate in the product.

Nestlé was ordered by Indian authorities to pull thousands of noodle packets from retail shelves, but the company decided just before the ban was announced to recall and destroy some 400 million noodle packets. The process was expected to take months and cost Nestlé $50 million in sales.

A high court in Bombay just allowed Nestlé to keep exporting the noodles to Canada and the UK. Nestlé does not import, market or distribute Maggi noodles in the U.S., although some retailers or importers in this country may carry them.

Nestlé, which was founded in Switzerland in 1866, has had operations in India since 1961 and currently operates eight manufacturing facilities and four branch offices there.

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  • Ajoy Daspurkayastha

    Even though Codex Alimentarius Commission
    (Equivalent to Universal Food Safety/Law Commission) specifies
    contaminants/questionable food additives acceptance levels in processed foods but every country need to do a thorough study of the national average of immunological strength with respect to that particular food additive /contaminant so as to no harm to health is supposed to happen.

  • Ajoy Daspurkayastha

    Rocket science may have extremely accurate mathematical
    calculations to propel a rocket in the sky as the rocket scientist like but
    fixing permissible limit (zero) with advisory for MSG(Mono
    Sodium Glutamate)in instant noodles , is a
    herculean task —one of the toughest job on earth and
    Indian food regulators have done it reasonably well and worthy of praise.

    Reference :– http://foodsafetyhelpline.com/2015/06/what-is-msg-what-do-fssai-other-regulatory-bodies-say/

    QUOTE—–Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) also clearly states with reference to labeling that as per Regulation
    2.2.1 of the FSSR, “Pre-packaged food shall not be described
    or presented on any label or in any labeling manner that is false, misleading
    or deceptive or is likely to create an erroneous impression
    regarding its character in any respect”. The FSSAI further
    prescribes that every advertisement for and/or a package of food containing
    added MSG shall carry the following declaration, namely,

    This package of (name of the food contains added)………… MONOSODIUM

    per the FSSAI guidelines, MSG is not permitted in more than 50 food products including pastas and noodles (dried products). But there are no guidelines for the maximum limit of naturally occurring
    MSG in food..—–UNQUOTE

    32 years back I used to
    live in an Indian city of Faridabad, Haryana where I used to work as Product
    Development Manager in a Govt. of India undertaking Food Company.

    The story goes like

    Originally, I was from west Bengal. My
    Haryana-colleague when used to take me in his home and used to offer to drink a
    full glass of hot-milk. I could never digest that. My Haryana colleague could
    easily digest the full glass of hat-milk.
    None of us were lactose-intolerant. Investigate the genetic profile of
    people living in Haryana and investigate the genetic profile of people living
    in West Bengal. They are different and the capabilities of digestions for
    different foods and food additives are different too.

    Now, please
    view/investigate this matter through the eyes of “Nutragenomics and the various
    related branches of food science and medical science —interesting policy
    related data will be generated to help the food policy makers. The case is almost similar for food safety
    policy makers.

    I can only say to
    you, things are extremely complex when multiplicity of factors related to
    fixing of food safety limits of different food additives/contaminants play
    their roles and this is especially true for the Countries having immigrants
    coming from various parts of the world.

    In fine, it can be
    concluded without any hesitation that fixing safe limit for MSG for that matter
    in any country of the world could be extremely challenging and complex in non-harmonious
    popular belief in the world of food safety and food safety policy makers
    —“What is true is also untrue for the same reason intended.”

    Now, I heartily
    believe ,you must have understood why ,I mentioned that fixing limits for MSG
    is more complicated that fixing a rocket meant to propel a rocket in its
    designated route through accurate mathematical calculations.

    Even though MAGGI failed to conform to Indian
    food law, it may conform to food laws of other countries. Every country’s
    citizens’ have different national average human body immunity levels with respect to different food
    additives/contaminants linked to country’s national average genetic status in
    the science of “Nutragenomics (Quote—nutrigenomics—Reference
    :– http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/nutragenomics The use of knowledge of
    an individual’s genetic makeup to devise a personally appropriate eating
    strategy. Also known as “personalized nutrition. —UNQUOTE” and the human body related
    multiplicity of various branches of food and medical science”. Obviously it is
    a highly complex subject and only expert of experts can understand and
    contribute but great thinkers can easily think on those lines to protect the
    public health and safety.

    Those aforesaid great
    thinkers are “Food Policy Makers”. Their job is to make a national food safety
    policy in such a manner that the country’s food law and regulations gets fully
    reflected enough to protect the public health and safety of the country’s
    citizens’ in question. According to me, this is one of the toughest job on
    earth today.

    Example: A person
    living in China, Korea, Japan because of their genetic status and body immunity
    level can tolerate MSG more than an

    A person living in
    Nagaland of India can probably tolerate more MSG in MAGGI than a person living
    in Delhi or, Uttar Pradesh.

    Another example:
    Mercury in tuna can cause abortion to pregnant woman but the levels of mercury
    causing abortion to pregnant women will vary from different genetic status and
    body immunity levels of different countries’ women. Even for that matter,
    within the countries this scenario will vary.

    Even though Codex
    Alimentarius Commission (Equivalent to Universal Food Safety/Law Commission)
    specifies ranges/limits for different contaminants/questionable food additives
    but country specific study is a must to protect the health and safety of the
    citizens of the country in question.

    3 months back a team of high-profile FDA,USA officials visited India and made
    the following bright remarks about India’s vision on food safety headed by
    FSSAI(Food Safety and Standards Authority of India)

    Web-reference:– http://blogs.fda.gov/fdavoice/index.php/tag/food-safety-and-standards-authority-of-india-fssai/

    reference: — In a country full of
    differences, common ground

    Posted on March 27,
    2015 by FDA Voice By: Michael Taylor,
    Howard Samberg and Camille Brewer on FDA Voice’s Tag Archives: Food
    Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)

    we don’t know most of the 22 official languages spoken here, we nonetheless
    realized after meeting with FSSAI that we “speak the same language” in terms of
    our food safety challenges and solutions. —-Unquote

    Quote—-But the Indians are no
    strangers to sweeping change to improve food safety—Unquote