CFTRI Clears All Sam­ples of Maggi: Nes­tle

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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.

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