Key events in the Maggi affair

By RJ Whitehead

- Last updated on GMT

Peter Brabeck said Nestlé was forced to dispose of 29,000 tonnes of Maggi noodles
Peter Brabeck said Nestlé was forced to dispose of 29,000 tonnes of Maggi noodles

Related tags: Glutamic acid, Monosodium glutamate

On June 5, India’s food regulator, the FSSAI, ordered nine lines of Maggi, the Nestlé noodle brand that dominates the market, to be removed from shelves in India.

It did so because one state food standards agency had announced the discovery of excess levels of lead after it tested a sample. The agency also discovered traces of monosodium glutamate, though the noodles’ packaging claimed the product was free of the salt.

Some other states followed suit, claiming they had also found similar traces through their own testing, while others said they hadn’t. 

The news that Maggi had been withdrawn from sale quickly hit the headlines, leading to an outcry in India over the safety of Nestlé’s product. Further international tests were then carried out on the noodles, which were widely exported from India, but it appeared that the Indian states seemed to have been among the the few to have found alleged evidence of adulteration.

FSSAI’s intervention led, according to Nestlé’s chairman, Peter Brabeck, to the disposal by the company of 29,000 tonnes of noodles at the regulator’s behest.

Having been forced to turn to the courts in a bid to overturn the regulator’s ban, Nestlé earlier this week learnt, along with the world’s media, that India’s government had decided to sue the company in a class action lawsuit alleging Nestlé had misled consumers by selling “unsafe, hazardous, defective and misbranded products​”. The government sought damages to the tune of US$99m at current exchange rates.

Two days later, Bombay high court, which Nestlé had petitioned, ruled that the FSSAI had “acted in an emergent, drastic and arbitrary​” fashion in ordering Nestlé to withdraw its noodles from the shelves.

It said added the "principles of natural justice​" and statutory procedures had not been followed by the food regulator when it issued the ban—essentially backing Nestlé’s argument.

Nestlé is still required by the court to submit five samples of each of the nine Maggi variants to three accredited laboratories for further testing “in the public interest​” before Maggi can return to the shelves.

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NESTLE MADE LABEL-DECLARATION "NO MSG ADDED" NOODLES IN A HURRY(2 MINUTE) FSSAI TOOK ENFORCEMENT DECISIONS NOT IN A HURRY

Posted by Ajoy Daspurkayastha,

THE MAGGI BAN BY FSSAI, NEW DELHI WAS NEVER SILLY OR, HASTILY DONE ------IN FACT ,IT WAS BRILLIANTLY AND RIGHTFULLY DONE WITH ENOUGH OF FOOD SAFETY WISDOM TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE .
IF YOU GO THROUGH THE FOLLOWING REPORT, YOU WILL COME TO KNOW WHY FSSAI,NEW DELHI WAS SO CONCERNED ABOUT LEAD IN MAGGI----BY THE BY , THEY ARE INDIA'S AUTHORITY TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE. AND ACCORDING TO ME THEY HAVE DONE THEIR JOB TO-A-T.

INDIA'S CHILDREN HEALTH FOCUSSED PRECAUTIONERY PRINCIPLE BASED FOOD SAFETY LEADERSHIP ATTRACTED WORLD ATTENTION AND WORTHY OF PRAISE



CHILDHOOD LEAD POISONING HAS ATTRACTED THE ATTENTION OF INDIAN FORENSIC MEDICAL TOXICOLOGISTS AND HERE BELOW ARE THE BRILLIANT EYE-OPENING EXAMPLE OF SUCH PRAISEWORTHY ATTENTION.



QUOTE---CHILDHOOD LEAD POISONING - A REVIEW---UNQUOTE AS APPEARED IN THE J PUNJAB ACAD FORENSIC MED TOXICOL 2015;15(1) IS A PRAISEWORTHY REVIEW-ARTICLE PUBLISHED BY BHULLAR DS, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR (D)*

THIND AS, PROFESSOR AND HEAD, SINGLA A, JUNIOR RESIDENT* DEPARTMENT OF FORENSIC MEDICINE & TOXICOLOGY, GOVERNMENT MEDICAL COLLEGE & RAJINDRA HOSPITAL PATIALA (PUNJAB) INDIA

REFERENCE: - HTTP://MEDIND.NIC.IN/JBC/T15/I1/JBCT15I1P43.PDF

QUOTE----LEAD POISONING IS A RECOGNIZED CLINICAL ENTITY SINCE THE

FIRST DECADE OF THE 20TH CENTURY WITH ACUTE, SUB-ACUTE AND

CHRONIC DEVASTATING CONSEQUENCES FOR THE HEALTH OF THE CHILDREN

WORLDWIDE. RECENTLY THE ISSUE OF NOODLES OF A POPULAR BRAND IN

INDIA HAS COME UNDER REGULATORY SCANNER AFTER SAMPLES

COLLECTED IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE COUNTRY WERE FOUND CONTAINING

ADDED MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE (MSG) AND LEAD IN EXCESS OF THE

PERMISSIBLE LIMIT. WITH WIDESPREAD EXPOSURE FROM EXTENSIVE

DISSEMINATION OF LEADED GASOLINE AND LEAD BASED PAINTS IN THE

PREVIOUS CENTURY, PACKAGED EATABLE PRODUCTS FREELY AVAILABLE IN

THE MARKET ARE THE MODERN THREAT OF LEAD POISONING IN CHILDREN

EMERGING AS THE SUBJECT OF DISCUSSION IN THE MEDICAL AND

TOXICOLOGY FIELD AND THERE IS AN URGENT NEED TO REVIEW THE LEAD

RELATED PROBLEMS BY THE HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, PUBLIC HEALTH

OFFICIALS, FOOD REGULATORS AND THE LEGISLATORS ALONG WITH PUBLIC

AWARENESS ABOUT ILL EFFECTS OF THIS HEAVY METAL POISONING ON

CHILDREN. ----------UNQUOTE

MAHATMA GANDHI’S “1930 DANDI SALT MARCH “ WAS A CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE MOVEMENT ULTIMATELY FREEING INDIA FROM FOREIGN RULE AND THIS 2015 CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE APPARENTLY LOOKED LIKE AGAINST “MSG(MONO SODIUM GLUTAMATE) IS TO FREE INDIA AND INDIAN CHILDREN IN PARTICULAR FROM THE OPRESSION OF ILL-HEALTH ALLEGEDLY BEHIND THE CURTAIN IMPOSED BY NOT ONLY BY A FOREIGN-OWNED COMPANY BORN/INCORPORATED ON INDIAN SOIL BUT ALSO AGAINST SUCH COMPANIES WHO HAPPENED TO USE MSG IN THEIR INSTANT NOODLES UNCONTROLLABLY VIOLATING THE LAWS OF THE LAND OF INDIA IN THE MATTERS OF THE SAFETY OF FOOD.
THIS APPARENTLY UNPUTDOWNABLE AND SPECTACULAR CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE AGAINST MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE (MSG---POPULARLY KNOWN AS CHINESE SYNDROME CHEMICAL EMBODIED BY WORLD FOOD RESEARCHERS APPARENTLY AS VILLAIN TASTE-MAKER IN FOOD) IS NEVER AGAINST A COMPANY BUT DEFINITELY AGAINST ALLEGED BRANDED-MANUFACTURERS OF INSTANT NOODLES INCLUDING THE THE BRAND “MAGGI”WHO FOR THE REASON BEST KNOWN TO THEM APPARENTLY FOR THE SAKE OF PROFIT WITH MUCH LARGER MARKET SHARE PREFERRED TO GIVE DEAF EARS TO THE BASIC CODE OF ETHICS TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF INDIA’S MOST VULNERABLE CONSUMERS –CHILDREN WHO AT TIMES COULD VERY WELL BE IMMUNO-SUIPPRESSED,IMMUNO-DEPRESSED AND IMMUNO-COMPROMISED . WORLDWIDE SURVEY ON SCIENTIFIC PUBLISHED LITERATURE UNANIMOUSLY SAY THAT EXCESS MSG(MONO SODIUM GLUTAMATE )IS VERY HARMFUL TO CHILDREN INCLUDING ADHD SYNDROME TO BRAIN-DAMAGE AND HEART TO LIVER DISEASES AND MSG MUST BE AVOIDED FOR IMMUNO-SUIPPRESSED,IMMUNO-DEPRESSED AND IMMUNO-COMPROMISED CHILDREN ---AND UNFORTUNATELY ,INDIA HAS MANY IN MILLIONS OF THEM.
QUOTE -----WHEN CHILDREN ARE HEALTHY AND PRODUCTIVE THEIR FAMILIES, COMMUNITIES, AND COUNTRIES BECOME STRONGER. -----UNQUOTE
IN INDIA THERE HAD BEEN THOUSANDS OF COURT CASES AGAINST THE ERRING COMPANY /DEFIANT PROCESSED FOODS COMPANY VIOLATING PREVENTION OF FOOD ADULTERATIION ACT (EARLIER VERSION OF INDIAN FOOD LAW) AND FROM THAT EXPERIENCE, WE KNOW THAT THAT “PUBLIC ANALYSTS ARE COURT APPOINTED/APPROVED POSTS” AND THE QUESTION OF DOUBTING THEIR CREDIBILITY DOES NOT ARISE AT ALL .
NO HOURABLE COURT IN ANY COUNTRY OF THE WORLD CAN SET ASIDE/DENY OR,
DISBELIEVE THE TEST-RESULTS OF A PUBLIC FOOD ANALYST-----AS A FOOD
TECHNOLOGIST AND FOOD SAFETY EXPERT I KNOW THIS BY HEART AS BECAUSE
THEY ARE THE MOST RESPECTED AND TRUSTED GOVERNMENT DESIGNATED NATIONAL
WATCH GUARDS OFFICIALS GAZETTED OFFICERS AND FULLY AUTHORISED TO ACT
ON BEHALF OF THE GOVT. TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY OF
UTMOST IMPORTANCE.
SO FAR HE/SHE(PUBLIC FOOD ANALYST IN CASE OF FOOD /FORENSIC
ANALYST/FORENSIC PATHOLOGIST IN CASE OF DEATH OR,ANY NON-CONFORMITY
LIKE PRESENCE OF EXCESS CONTENT RELATED TO THE IMPLICATED ERRING FOOD
OR, IN EXTREME CASE POISONING THEREFROM RELATING TO METAL(LIKE
ARSENIC )
IN CASE OF OF INQUIRY INTO THE DEATH OF 12TH PRESIDENT Honorable the
late Zachary Taylor (November 24, 1784 – July 9, 1850) ---nearly more
than 150 years after Political scientist Michael Parenti questioned
the traditional explanation for Taylor's death. Relying on interviews
and reports by forensic pathologists, he argues that the procedure
used to test for arsenic poisoning was fundamentally flawed.
THE HONOURABLE US COURT NEVER TRIED TO CONCLUDE THAT THE PROCEDURE
USED TO TEST FOR ARSENIC POISONING WAS FUNDAMENTALLY FLAWED.

QUOTE----Zachary Taylor (November 24, 1784 – July 9, 1850) was the
12th President of the United States, serving from March 1849 until his
death in July 1850.
Neutron activation analysis conducted at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
revealed no evidence of poisoning, as arsenic levels were too
low.[87][88] The analysis concluded Taylor had contracted "cholera
morbus, or acute gastroenteritis", as Washington had open sewers, and
his food or drink may have been contaminated. Any potential for
recovery was overwhelmed by his doctors, who treated him with "ipecac,
calomel, opium, and quinine (at 40 grains a whack), and bled and
blistered him too."[89] Political scientist Michael Parenti questions
the traditional explanation for Taylor's death. Relying on interviews
and reports by forensic pathologists, he argues that the procedure
used to test for arsenic poisoning was fundamentally flawed.[90][91] A
2010 review concludes: "there is no definitive proof that Taylor was
assassinated, nor would it appear that there is definitive proof that
he was not."[92]----------UNQUOTE
Question raised: Political scientist Michael Parenti questions the
traditional explanation for Taylor's death. Relying on interviews and
reports by forensic pathologists, he argues that the procedure used to
test for arsenic poisoning was fundamentally flawed.[90]
Answer observed: A 2010 review concludes: "there is no definitive
proof that Taylor was not assassinated, nor would it appear that there
is definitive proof that he was not.
1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zachary_Taylor
2. Parenti, Michael (1998). "The strange death of president Zachary
Taylor: A case study in the manufacture of mainstream history". New
Political Science 20 (2): 141–158. doi:10.1080/07393149808429819.
3.Jump up ^ Parenti, Michael (1999). History as
Mystery. pp. 209–239

IN MAGGI’S CASE-----FSSAI AS PER THE INDIAN EVIDENCE ACT ------HAS ALL
THE REQUIRED EVIDENCES WITH FSSAI, NEW DELHI TO PROVE THAT WHAT MAGGI
IN ALL ITS ERRING VARIANTS OF MAGGI PACKAGES WERE DECLARED ON THE
DECLARATION OF INGREDIENTS SERIOUSLY FOUND NOT COMPLYING WHAT WHAT WAS
FOUND UPON ANALYSIS IN VARIOUS LABORATORIES OF INDIA -----AND THAT
NEGATIVE IMPACT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THE CONSUMERS INCLUDING
CHILDREN ---------SPEAK VOLUMES IN ITSELF THAT FSSAI IS A WIN-WIN ON
THEIR SIDE.
ANOTHER SERIOUS VIOLATION THAT MAGGI DID WAS ----DESTRUCTION OF
EVIDENCE WHICH UTTERLY VIOLATED THE INDIAN EVIDENCE ACT. THE RECALL
PROCEDURAL DEVIATIONS ENDING INTO THE DESTRUCTION OF EVIDENCE WHILE
NOT KEEPING CONTRY(INDIA’S)FOOD REGULATOR IN FULL CONFIDENCE
DOCUMENTIALLY CAN ATTRACT FURTHER FOOD SAFETY LAPSES RELATED
DEVIATIONAL WARRANTS FROM FSSAI,NEW DELHI .
GIVING INJURIOUS INGREDIENT IN MAGGI WITHOUT DECLARING IN PACKAGE
DECLARATION OF INGREDIENTS ----IS A DELINQUENT CAUGHT RED HANDED BY
FSSAI(INDIA'S FOOD REGULATOR)SITUATION WHICH IS UNBECOMING ON THE PART
OF MAGGI.
MAGGI SHOULD PUBLICLY CONFESS THIS MISTAKE WHICH ALL THE MAGGI
CONSUMERS KNOW BY THIS TIME .

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