Nestlé hit by new Maggi noodle setback in India

By Gary Scattergood contact

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Maggi was hit by a major food quality crisis in 2015.
Maggi was hit by a major food quality crisis in 2015.

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Nestlé and six distributors have been fined around US$92,000 after test results revealed samples of its Maggi noodles were “sub-standard”.

The fines were imposed by a court in the Shahjahanpur district of Uttar Pradesh after the samples were deemed to contain higher than permitted levels of ash.

The findings are particularly sensitive for Nestlé after alleged excessive lead content in Maggi created a major controversy in 2015, leading the brand to be banned for five months in the country.

Unlike in that case, where the it came under fire for being slow to respond, Nestlé quickly issued a comment about the latest findings.

Product compliance

It said in a statement: “We strongly reiterate that Maggi Noodles are 100% safe for consumption. While we have not received the orders passed by the adjudication officer, we have been informed that the samples are of year 2015 and the issue pertains to ash content in noodles.

“In 2015, Nestlé India and other companies had represented to the relevant authorities, via industry associations, to set standards specific to instant noodles to avoid confusion amongst enforcement officers and consumers. The standards have since been introduced and the product complies with these standards. We regret the confusion it may cause to consumers.”

It is believed the company will file an appeal once it receives the court documents.

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