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May, 21 2015

FDA asks Nestle to recall maggi noodles from stores

During the check the officials found a lead concentration of 17.2 parts per million (ppm), nearly seven times the permissible limit in the instant noodle. However, the acceptable limit of lead ranges between 0.01 ppm and 2.5 ppm.

Food Safety and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked Nestle India to recall a batch of Maggi noodles from stores across the country, saying the product contained dangerous levels of lead, reported Reuters.

According to FDA in Uttar Pradesh, high lead content was examined during the routine tests on two dozen packets of instant noodles, manufactured by Nestle in India.

"Maggi instant noodles contained dangerous amount of lead and MSG. We had to immediately issue orders against the company,” shared, D G Srivastava, Deputy Inspector General of the FDA in Lucknow.

During the check the officials found a lead concentration of 17.2 parts per million (ppm), nearly seven times the permissible limit in the instant noodle. However, the acceptable limit of lead ranges between 0.01 ppm and 2.5 ppm.

The scientists also found high levels of added monosodium glutamate (MSG), a taste enhancer, in the noodles.

Nestle India, a subsidiary of Swiss-based Nestle SA , said it had strict safety and quality controls in place for all raw materials used to make Maggi noodles.

A company spokesman confirmed Uttar Pradesh had ordered it to withdraw the batch dating back to March 2014, but added the items concerned had either already been consumed or were beyond the sell-by date, making the recall difficult.

FDA has also approached federal food inspectors in New Delhi to launch a wider investigation of the noodles.

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