New Delhi, May 18: You may have found your favourite 2-minute Maggi noodle very tasty, but fact of the matter is that it contains harmful chemicals which could be dangerous to your health.
Reportedly, the company may face ban in India after as it was recently found that the noodle Maggi contains high amount of monosodium glutamate (MSG) and lead. This shocking revelation came to fore after samples from many parts of Uttar Pradesh were tested in the lab. It has been found that Maggi contains 17 parts per million lead, while the permissible limit is only 0.01 ppm.
According to Times Of India report, Lucknow Food Safety and Drug Administration has written to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), urging it to take strong action against the company. The state regulator has further requested the FSSAI to collect samples from all over India so that quality of the product could be ensured.
Vijay Bahadur Yadav, FSDA Assistant Commissioner was quoted as saying, "We have tested Maggi samples at Kolkata's referral laboratory. The test results show that there are added monosodium glutamate and excess of lead. We have ordered further sampling".
However, Nestle which makes noodle Maggi in India has denied adding any such harmful chemical to its product.
What is monosodium glutamate (MSG)
- The monosodium glutamate is a amino acid which is used as food additive
- It is used to enhance flavor and mainly used in Chinese food, canned vegetables, soups and processed meats.
- Experts say that the chemical is harmful if often used, especially for children.
- It could cause weight gain, brain damage and liver inflammation and other serious health implications.
What is the rule to use it
- Reportedly, FDA has not clearly said that MSG is harmful and it should not be used.
- But the food regulator wants that company must mention the 'amount of MSG' on food packets.
- Not mentioning the amount of the chemical in particular product is taken as violation of the rule.