Maggi noodles row: Nestle stock hit, sinks 9%

By: | Updated: June 3, 2015 6:18 PM

Shares of Nestle India slumped over 10 per cent amid growing concerns about safety standards of its popular Maggi noodles.

Maggi noodlesShares of Nestle India slumped over 10 per cent amid growing concerns about safety standards of its popular Maggi noodles. (Source: Maggi Facebook)

Shares of Nestle India tumbled 9 per cent today, wiping-out Rs 5,942 crore from its market valuation, amid growing concerns about safety standards of its popular Maggi noodles brand.

After falling 11.86 per cent to Rs 6,000 in intra-day trade, shares of Nestle finally settled at Rs 6,191.10, down 9.05 per cent from its previous close on the BSE.

On the NSE, it tanked 9 per cent to end at Rs 6,186.95.

The company’s market valuation declined by Rs 5,942 crore to Rs 59,691.93 crore.

“Nestle India continued to remain under pressure and corrected by 11 per cent in the day amidst the ongoing probe with respect to composition of its product Maggi,” said Rakesh Goyal, Senior Vice President, Bonanza Portfolio Ltd.

The company said it has not received any order from the central or any state FDA authority for recall of Maggi noodles. The controversy over safety issues has deepened.

“We have not received any official communication from the authorities so far,” the company said in a BSE filing.

Meanwhile, Kishore Biyani-led Future Group today stopped selling Maggi in its retail stores.

Nestle India, which has been at the receiving end with several state governments ordering tests to find out lead and monosodium glutamate (MSG) content in Maggi noodles, said it is “cooperating with the authorities”.

Yesterday, the Delhi government decided to initiate a case against Nestle India after it found samples of Maggi noodles “unsafe” for consumption. The probe into alleged lapses has already widened to different parts of the country.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain met a number of officials of Nestle India and discussed finding of lead beyond the permissible level in Maggi masala (tastemaker).

In the broader market, the BSE benchmark Sensex ended at 26,837.20, down 351.18 points or 1.29 per cent.

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