Nestlé India has decided to take Maggi Noodles off the shelves nationwide in view of recent developments and concerns around the product that may contain lead, despite confirming that the product is safe.
“Recent developments and growing concerns about the product have led to confusion for the consumer to such an extent that we have decided to take the product temporarily off the shelves, in spite the product being safe,” says Paul Bulcke, global chief executive of Nestlé.
Responding to the recent concerns around lead, Nestlé has conducted extensive, additional tests on more than 1000 batches of Maggi Noodles at its own accredited labs, complimented by tests on over 600 batches at external laboratories.
All results indicate that the products are safe and well within the regulatory limits established in India.
The company has shared these results with the authorities, as well as with the broader public online.
The company also confirms that it does not add MSG (E621) to its Maggi Noodles in India, as stated on the label.
As some ingredients like groundnut protein, onion power and wheat flour contains glutamate naturally, this may have led to the confusion.
The company has decided to remove the specific mention of “No Added MSG” from the label.