It’s the time for another heartbreak for us! We were yet not over from Maggi-ban and Knorr withdrawal and here comes another storm. It feels like within few months every kind of Instant-Noodles will be either banned or withdrawn by the company themselves.
What happened this time?
After Maggi controversy, Indo Nissin on Sunday announced the withdrawal of its instant noodles brand Top Ramen from the Indian market on orders from central food safety regulator FSSAI. Earlier this month, Nestle had to recall Maggi noodles while Hindustan Unilever also withdrew its Knorr instant noodles brand over safety and regulatory issues.
According to a report in HT, on June 8, FSSAI had come out with the advisory on product safety testing of all instant noodle products in India after lead beyond permissible limits in Maggi noodles along with taste enhancer Monosodium Glutamate (MSG).
What did Indo Nissin say?
“At that time we had sought clarification from FSSAI since Top Ramen product approval is pending with the regulator. They have requested us to withdraw the product until they give the product approval,” Indo Nissin Foods Pvt Ltd managing director Gautam Sharma said in a statement.
“We have tested at two FSSAI accredited independent laboratories and shared the results with FSSAI a few weeks ago. While many Top Ramen samples have been tested by various state FDAs across India, only in two cases – slightly higher lead level has been found in the taste maker,” he added.
He also said that the company was meeting state FDAs and sharing test results with them as well as seeking a re-test.
What is the effect on other companies?
Earlier this month, the regulator ordered testing of noodles, pasta and macaroni brands such as Top Ramen, Foodles, and Wai Wai sold and manufactured by seven companies to check compliance of norms.
These include Nestle India, ITC, Indo Nissin Food Ltd, GSK Consumer Healthcare, CG Foods India, Ruchi International and AA Nutrition Ltd.
Nestle had destroyed Maggi noodles worth Rs 320 crore after the withdrawal.
HUL also recalled its Chinese range of ‘Knorr’ instant noodles from the market pending product approval from FSSAI.
Further, global cafe chain Starbucks had to stop the use of ingredients not approved by the regulator in certain products served at its India outlets.
Instant noodles have attracted the attention of regulators after FSSAI banned Nestle India’s Maggi noodles.
FableFeed wants to warn you all to stop consuming the instant noodles and related products from these companies which are under scrutiny for some time until they have been declared safe to consume. #StayFitStayHealthy 🙂