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British food authority calls Maggi noodles safe


New Delhi, July 1:

Britain’s Food Standards Authority (FSA) on Wednesday announced that Nestle India’s Maggi noodles, manufactured in India and exported to Britain, were safe to consume and contained lead well within permissible levels.

MAGGI“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 European Union (EU) permissible levels and would not be a concern to consumers,” the FSA said on its website.

Britain imports only masala flavour of these noodles, the food authority said, adding that the FSA also tested other variants from the Maggi noodles range.

A total of 900 samples were drawn from Nestle as well as the local authorities in Britain and tested.

“Following an incident in India, where a sample of Maggi noodles was reported to contain high levels of lead, the FSA made the decision to test a selection of Maggi noodles as a precaution,” the food authority said.

India’s food safety regulator had ordered Nestle to withdraw Maggi noodles after some samples were found to contain higher-than-permissible levels of lead — a finding that was rejected by the company, saying its own independent tests suggested otherwise.

The company has halted production of Maggi noodles in its factories in India since June 5 and decided to withdraw it from the Indian market.

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday allowed the company to export all varieties of Maggi noodles from India, though the domestic marketing restrictions would continue. (IANS)


  1. Interestingly the whole NESTLE- MAGGI ‘s lead content over-limit episode (alarmed by Barabanki’s Food Inspection Unit and acted by FSSAI,New Delhi ) looks like a parody of 1992’s CADBURY’s nickel-contamination in Chocolate episode ( Alarmed by Dr. D.K.Saxena of Indian Toxicological Research Institute, Lucknow and attracted media attention so much that the then then Cadbury Chocolate sales dropped drastically) . Same thing happened; Cadbury, UK said it is safe when they tested it whereas Indian counterpart disagreed and found otherwise..
    In the globalized processed foods scenario such thing is not unusual and keeps on happening.
    The metallic contamination in processed foods is such that it requires food forensic experts to investigate and such experts are the ones who can find the root cause of the problem. Interestingly you will find that when there is a cocoa crop failure in the African countries then the chocolate manufacturers opt for cocoa-butter substitute and it could be sal-fat from the forests of Odissa (Orissa) and nickel contamination can happen because of the ruggedness of procurement system. Bhabha Atomic Research Centre’s Food Technology Centre’s one such investigative paper is referred in the weblink as http://www.researchgate.net/publication/222429820_Lead_cadmium_and_nickel_in_chocolates_and_candies_from_suburban_areas_of_Mumbai_India
    Lead, cadmium and nickel in chocolates and candies from suburban areas of Mumbai, India (PDF Download Available). Available from: http://www.researchgate.net/publication/222429820_Lead_cadmium_and_nickel_in_chocolates_and_candies_from_suburban_areas_of_Mumbai_India [accessed Jul 2, 2015].
    Author Sudhir and Rupali’s observations were QUOTE–Cocoa-based chocolates are found to have higher contents of the analysed heavy metals than milk-based chocolates, fruit flavour- or sugar-based candies —UNQUOTE
    Another thing ,I will like to point out here that in food research India has advanced like that of space research and Indian food research labs now possess ultra-modern food analytical equipments like any other advanced countries in the world and now in india,there are plently of well qualified food analysts including public analysts in every state ,if not in every districts for that matter of the fact.

    Maharaja of Mysore gifted Cheluvamba Mansion to house India’s premier food research Institute

    started on October 21, 1950 and probably India’s journey on food safety started from there onwards.

    Reference: — http://www.deccanherald.com/content/120359/content/219427/picture-perfect-memories.html

    QUOTE— Housed in the sprawling Cheluvamba Mansion, which once belonged to the Maharajas of Mysore, the Central Food Technological Research Institute was set up on October 21, 1950, to cater to the food needs of the country. Today, CFTRI is all set to redefine the needs of the future to build healthier homes and families, reports Preethi Nagaraj —–UNQUOTE

    As on today, after 65 years India has emerged as one of the leading countries in the world in terms of food research and if you take a yearly stock of number of food research papers published in indian and foreign food and medical and food toxicity related research journals connected with using advanced analytical instruments then obviously you will find that India is in the forefront.

    FSSAI CEO Mr. Yudhvir Singh Malik is the most competent Senior IAS Officer (Reference: —

    http://persmin.nic.in/ersheet/MultipleERS.asp?HiddenStr=01HY015800 ) to execute

    the MAGGI recall, is definitely praiseworthy to protect public health and safety of utmost importance,
    It seems that food safety is India’s top-most priority set to redefine the needs of the future to build healthier homes and families.

    “Food Safety Commissioners” at the helm of the affairs of food safety in each Indian
    State/Province is an unique example as to how India has given much importance to
    tackle food safety unlike many other countries where such approach remain visibly
    unplanned or, totally absent.
    Since inception India’s food inspectors comprise of not only food experts but also
    medical experts having MBBS degrees, speak volumes in itself India’s focussed views on
    food safety and definitely praiseworthy to protect public health and safety of
    utmost importance, set to redefine the needs of the future to build healthier homes and
    families. I doubt hardly any country in the world has this kind of an enlightened vision on
    food safety intermixing food science with medical science in the front-line of food
    inspection and I strongly believe India’s core-competence in food safety run skin-deep in
    that unparalleled approach to food safety, second to none..

    India has a solid reputation in the field of food and food safety. And that being the reason, foods manufacturers should be extra cautious in terms of food safety aspects of processed foods.
    Dr.V. Prakash has received “Padmashree” from Govt of India——speak volumes in itself that India has taken Indian Food Scientists very respectfully to guide the country in the matters of food and its safety.
    The then Maharaja of Mysore has donated the entire palace “Cheluvamba Mansion” for Food researchers in India even though he had to deprive his daughter for that palace which now is the epitome of success of India’s and for that matter one of the world’s most advanced food research establishment in which Dr. V Prakash was Director earlier for quite some time.
    India has world-standard food analytical laboratories with qualified staff comparable to any advanced country of the world. This we can easily understand from the food safety related research paper publications in various food journals of the world . Application of advance d analytical instruments are very common in many food research and food testing laboratories in India.
    Moreover,I have noticed that India’s food inspectors are doing marvelous work to catch the serious lapses in processed foods in terms of food safety.
    The food safety alarm against MAGGI first rang at Barabanki’s Food Safety Unit where the excess lead and MSG presence was detected.
    Kudos and 3 cheers to Barabanki’s Food Safety Unit. My heartfelt congrats to Mr. V K Pandey and Mr. Sanjay Singh for their praiseworthy in exposing MAGGI about MSG presence and excess lead content to let the consumers of India know through FSSAI,New Delhi and definitely set an example not only before all the food inspectors of India but also before all the food inspectors of the entire Globe as because processed food manufacturing and consuming are happening in a global scenario.
    I will like to cite 2 more distinct examples that India is second to none in terms of food safety.
    On a comparative-scale India’s international image in food is very praiseworthy
    Dr. Binay Ranjan Sen was FAO Director General from 1956 to 1967 and Codex Alimentarius Commission (The Universal Commission on Food Law ) was born in 1963
    Mr. Sanjay Dave , the present FSSAI Advisor ,New Delhi was the Chairman of Codex Alimentarius Commission (The Universal Commission on Food Law ) from 2011-2014 . 3 times Chairmanship in Chairman of Codex Alimentarius Commission (The Universal Commission on Food Law ) in itself a big achievement for Mr. Sanjay Dave , the present FSSAI Advisor ,New Delhi and for India.
    This speak in volumes that India’s standing in food in international stage is unputdownable and India’s food regulators are well equipped in knowledge and infrastructure to stop the menace of unhealthy processed foods and will FSSAI will always do their best to protect the public health of utmost importance.

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