CFTRI Clears All Samples of Maggi: Nestle
New Delhi: Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysuru, has cleared all 29 samples of Nestle’s instant snack brand Maggi noodles it tested, the Swiss foods major has said.
“The reports state that lead levels for all samples are within permissible limits. The second batch of 16 samples were tested not only for lead and flavour enhancer monosodium glutamate (MSG), but also for other safety parameters like metal contaminants, crop contaminants and toxic substances, that are applicable to instant noodles as a proprietary food. Every single sample was found compliant,” Nestle said in a statement on Monday. Maggi noodles was banned by national food regulator Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in June last year on allegations of more than permissible lead and traces of MSG. The brand returned to stores in November after clearing multiple mandatory lab tests.
Nestle said the CFTRI has also clarified that glutamic acid can be due to presence of ingredients like tomatoes, cheese, hydrolysed plant protein and vegetable protein. It said CFTRI reports are in line with its stated position that it doesn’t add MSG as an additive in Maggi and that the presence of glutamic acid comes from ingredients used in the noodles.