Controversy does not seem to give Nestle India and its ever popular ‘Maggi’ noodles any respite. A research lab in the Barabanki district of UP has allegedly found Maggi samples to be sub-standard. Nestle India has refuted the claim saying erroneous testing standards were used for the measure. The samples were collected on 5th February from Safedabad, Barabanki. According to Manoj Kumar, Barabnki district chief food safety officer, the ash content in the samples was 1.85% whereas the permissible limit is 1%.
Mr. Kumar said notices would be served to the company and retailer and they can get it tested from another lab. Nestle India refuted the claim saying that the noodle samples were tested against macaroni products standard which are different. “We categorically reiterate that testing of ‘instant noodles’ against norms set for ‘macaroni products’ will reflect in incorrect results and wrong interpretations. The quality and safety of our products are non-negotiable priorities for us as we adhere to strict food quality and safety procedures at all times.”
Nestle India and other companies operating in the food industry have already approached FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) to remove the confusion between standards for ‘instant noodles with seasoning’ and macaroni products’. Manoj Kumar, however, is undeterred as he said if no response is received from Nestle India or the retailer within a month, a case would be lodged and fine of up to 5 lakh INR can be imposed.