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Maggi will be back soon, tests show noodle is safe

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Updated: October 17, 2015 12:50:17 PM

Maggi has been off shelves since June after the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) imposed a nationwide ban after finding it “unsafe and hazardous” for human consumption following tests in some laboratories.

MaggiMaggi has been off shelves since June after the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) imposed a nationwide ban after finding it “unsafe and hazardous” for human consumption following tests in some laboratories.

It may not be just two minutes, but consumers can look forward to having their Maggi noodles soon. Nestle India on Friday said that three laboratories mandated by the Bombay High Court to test samples of the snack afresh showed that the lead content in the instant noodle is below the permissible limit.

“In compliance with the orders of the Hon’ble Bombay High Court, we will now commence manufacture and will start selling only after the newly manufactured products are also cleared by the designated three laboratories. We are committed to reintroduce our beloved Maggi noodles at the earliest,” the company said in a statement.

Maggi has been off shelves since June after the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) imposed a nationwide ban after finding it “unsafe and hazardous” for human consumption following tests in some laboratories.

The company challenged the decision in the Bombay High Court, which revoked the ban but said the samples should be tested in government-accredited laboratories and, if found safe, the product can be retailed in the market.

“All 90 samples, covering six variants, tested by three laboratories are clear with lead much below permissible limits,”Nestle said.

Paul Bulke, Nestle’s global CEO, had assured consumers in India during his visit in June that the snack is safe to consume, that it was just a bad phase, and that Maggi would soon be back on the shelves.

The company had stated earlier that the instant noodle, which had cornered an 80% market share before it was made to be taken off the shelves, will be back by the end of this year.

The ban led Nestle to destroy 27,000 tonnes of Maggi, ferried by 10,000 trucks to six cement plants where it was burnt, worth an estimated R320 crore. The company took a big hit as Maggi made up to 40% of Nestle’s India revenue.

At an individual level, Nestle India conducted 3,500 tests over 200 million packets in both national as well as internationally accredited laboratories. All the reports, the company statement said, are clear. “In addition to these, various countries including USA, UK, Singapore, Australia and others have found Maggi Noodles manufactured in India safe for consumption,” Nestle said.

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