New Delhi, July 2: Maggi lovers across the country will be happy to know that their favourite noodle may return to Indian market.
Within a month after a ban on Maggi, Nestle India may return to shelves with full marks. After facing ban, Nestle India recently recalled Maggi from the Indian market and destroyed the instant noodles worth Rs 320 crore.
The company faced criticism as food safety regulator FSSAI banned Maggi for presence of lead beyond permissible limits and taste enhancer monosodium glutamate.
Days after recalling the instant noodles from market in India, Nestle finally can heave a sigh of relief. UK's food regulator Food Standards Agency (FSA) on Wednesday, July 1 gave a clean chit to Nestle for Maggi manufactured in India.
UK's FSA claimed that levels of lead in the product are well within the EU permissible levels. In an official statement, UK's FSA said, "The FSA can confirm that results from testing samples of Maggi Noodles in the UK have all found that levels of lead in the product is well within EU permissible levels and would not be a concern to consumers."
"Following an incident in India, where a sample of Maggi Noodles was reported to contain high levels of lead, the Food Standards Agency made the decision to test a selection of Maggi Noodles as a precaution. In India, this incident has resulted in a large scale withdrawal of the product," the agency added in its statement.
Nestle informed FSA that the only variety of Maggi Noodles they import into the UK from India is the ‘masala flavour'.
"The FSA has now tested this flavour and others from the Maggi noodles range, as a precaution. As well as tests carried out by local authorities, the FSA has also asked Nestle to provide it with test results from its own samples. All showed levels of lead to be well within EU permissible levels," it said.
The total number of samples taken from Nestle, local authorities and port authorities were around 900 in total, FSA added.
Similarly, food regulators of other countries such the Vietnam Food Administration (VFA), National Measurement Institute in Australia and Singapore's Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) have given clean chit to the company and said Maggi noodles imported from India are "completely safe to eat."
Nestle India currently exports Maggi noodles to Canada, UK, Singapore and Kenya and to third parties in the US, Australia and New Zealand.
(With agency inputs)