‘Excessive testing reveals no excess lead in Maggi’
Nestle India – manufacturers of Maggi noodles has claimed on Monday that extensive testing of the product in their accredited laboratories have indicated lead levels within permissible limits in the popular noodle, and they are sharing the results with country’s various food authorities.
Maggi noodles have been in the news after Uttar Pradesh authorities found elevated levels of high lead content in the product. “We understand that consumers are concerned by reports that the authorities in Uttar Pradesh have found elevated levels of lead in a sample pack of Maggi noodles. We are fully cooperating with the authorities who are conducting further tests and we are awaiting their results,” an official of the company said. The company said that it had “submitted samples of Maggi noodles from almost 600 product batches to an external laboratory for independent analysis and we tested samples from almost 1,000 batches at our accredited laboratory”.
“These samples represent around 125 million [12.5 Crore] packets. 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. We are sharing these results with the authorities,” The company said that it “regularly monitors all its raw material for lead, including testing by accredited
laboratories which have consistently shown levels in Maggi noodles to be within permissible limits”.