UK Food Standards Agency declares Maggi to be safe to eat
UK’s food regulator Food Standards Agency (FSA) declares Maggi to be safe to eat as the lead content is well within the EU permissible levels. FSA said “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 EU permissible levels and would not be a concern to consumers”. “Following an incident in India, where a sample of Maggi Noodles was reported to contain high levels of lead, the Food Standards Agency made the decision to test a selection of Maggi Noodles as a precaution. In India, this incident has resulted in a large scale withdrawal of the product.” Nestle informed FSA that ‘masala Maggi’ is only flavour that was imported to UK. FSA has asked Maggi to provide its own samples. Similarly, many other food regulatory authorities of other countries such the Vietnam Food Administration (VFA), National Measurement Institute in Australia and Singapore’s Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) have declared Maggi to be “completely safe to eat”.
Currently Maggi is being exported to Canada, UK, Singapore and Kenya and to third parties in the US, Australia and New Zealand. In India the reason for Maggi to be banned by FSSAI is due to the surplus presence of lead which is harmful and also taste monosodium glutamate..
Nestle India had recollected the instant noodles from the Indian market and destroyed Maggi worth Rs 320 crore.
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