Maggi contains Lead Time Line How Maggi got in trouble Timeline Maggi Ban in India Maggi unsafe Case
Now everyone is saying and agrees that Maggi Contains High level of Lead which is not good for health.
Thus one should avoid Maggi but remember the water, air, nothing is pure in India
Below is the Time Line how it started and let us hope soon Maggi gets banned in India for 2 or 6 months
10 March 2014 -
VK Pandey, a Barabanki-based officer of the Uttar Pradesh Food Safety and Drug Administration, collected samples of Maggi from a store on March 10, 2014 for tests to determine whether the manufacturer was complying with its stated claim that the product doesn’t contain any monosodium glutamate (MSG), a taste enhancer.
A test in a laboratory in Gorkahpur revealed the amount of MSG was more than the prescribed level.
Nestle disputed the finding,
Further tests in one of the best laboratories in Kolkata confirmed the high MSG levels and detected dangerously high lead content in the Maggi samples.
Permissible lead content = 0.01 parts per million,
The Maggi samples contained 17 parts per million
Uttar Pradesh official Pandey said authorities in the state had filed a complaint case against Nestlé’s Nagal Kalan Industrial Unit in Himachal Pradesh, Delhi-based Nestle India and the company’s FMCG managers.
After this other states also started to check Maggi for Lead content and MSG content
In West Bengal, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation collected samples of Maggi from markets across the city for testing.
The Maharashtra unit of the Food and Drug Administration has collected samples from Pune, Nagpur and Mumbai for tests to decide if the product needs to be recalled.
Delhi government also collected the samples and found that they are unsafe
Lead levels in 10 samples exceeded the prescribed limit and five were inaccurately branded and contained MSG without a proper declaration.
Only 1 out of 13 samples tested by in a Delhi laboratory was deemed acceptable
Delhi government is planning to file a case against Maggi Nestle India
Kerala Government –
Kerala found Maggi unsafe
Kerala’s food ministry decided to pull Maggi from more than 2,000 government run supermarkets and grocery outlets.
A Bihar court directed police to register an FIR against two officials of Nestle India and Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit and Preity Zinta, who have promoted the two-minute snack in advertisements. The court in Muzaffarpur said they might be arrested if required.
12 years ago Preity Zinta did this advertisement
It is foolish act to punish the actors who did advertisement of Maggi
Just a waste of time of Judiciary
Amitabh Bachchan told to media following –
I have not received any notice in this matter as of now and if I get such a notice, I will discuss it with my lawyers and will cooperate with the authorities. I have also stopped endorsing Maggi since the past two years
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Wednesday June 3, 2015
Received reply from Maggi India Thus updating post which will answer the questions
The other Side – Maggi
What are you doing in response to the findings from the Indian authorities of elevated levels of lead in MAGGI Noodles?
We understand that consumers are concerned by reports that the authorities in India have found elevated levels of lead in a sample pack of MAGGI Masala noodles. The sample came from a batch that had an expiry date of November 2014 and is therefore no longer in the market.
We are fully cooperating with the authorities who are conducting further tests and we are awaiting their results.
In addition we have submitted samples of MAGGI Noodles from almost 600 product batches to an external laboratory for independent analysis. We have also tested samples from almost 1,000 batches at our own laboratory which is accredited by the authorities.
All the results of these internal and external tests show that lead levels are well within the limits specified by food regulations and that MAGGI Noodles are safe to eat.
So MAGGI Noodles are safe to eat?
Yes. These samples represent around 125 million/12.5 Crore packets. We are sharing these results with the authorities.
Why is there any lead at all in MAGGI Noodles?
Trace amounts of lead are present in the atmosphere and in the soil around the world. There are firm limits prescribed by the authorities to ensure that any lead detected in a finished product is well below the levels that would be unsafe.
We regularly monitor all our raw materials for lead, including testing by accredited laboratories. These tests have consistently shown levels in MAGGI Noodles to be within permissible limits. As well as testing both raw materials and finished products for lead we also carry out extensive research and contribute to global efforts to assure safety in this area.
We are committed to continuing to improve the quality of agricultural materials across the food chain working with farmers, suppliers, authorities and the rest of the food industry to ensure food safety.
Why are you still selling the product? Will there be a recall?
The extra testing we have undertaken to revalidate the results of our regular monitoring confirms that the products are safe. The levels of lead found in them are well below the permissible maximum set by the authorities. We hope these extra tests will reassure people who enjoy our products that they are safe and of good quality.
On 30th April 2015 the local authorities in Lucknow asked us to recall one batch of MAGGI Noodles (around 200,000 packs) which were manufactured in February 2014 and expired in November 2014. Nestlé India’s current practice is to collect stock that is near 'best before' date from distributors so we are confident that these packs are no longer in the market.
Why did the authorities find MSG in your product when it says 'no added MSG' on the label?
We do not add the flavour enhancer MSG (E621) to MAGGI Noodles in India. However, the product contains glutamate from hydrolysed groundnut protein, onion powder and wheat flour. Glutamate produces a positive result in a test for MSG.
But by saying ‘no added MSG’ on the label weren’t you just trying to get around the labelling regulations?
No. We were not trying to ‘get around’ the labelling regulations. In response to consumer preference for products without MSG we took the decision that where none was added we should make this clear on the label by stating ‘no added MSG’. This is common practice followed by the food industry and complies with Indian food law and regulations.
What are you doing to reduce MSG?
Where we use MSG we are not reducing it because we consider the levels of MSG we use to be safe. We do not add MSG (E621) to our MAGGI Noodles. We are not reducing the quantities of the natural ingredients which provide glutamate in the product as it improves the aroma and taste of MAGGI Noodles.
Friday, June 05, 2015 –
After Delhi, four more states - Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand - banned the sale of Maggi noodles, after concerns were raised over presence of monosodium glutamate (MSG) and lead beyond permissible levels in the product.
With state after state banning Maggi over the presence of lead and 'MSG', Nestle on Friday said it is withdrawing the product from the Indian market due to "unfounded confusions" that has affected the consumer trust, but maintained that its noodles are safe for consumption.
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