Here’s an another update on never ending Maggi issue: Now, India’s health officials announced Sunday that they have filed for damages after consumer reports of Maggi noodles packets containing excess lead. Nestle has yet to comment on the case, this Sunday.
Nestle has been under fire in India since one regional regulator said in May that it had found evidence of excess lead and monosodium glutamate (MSG) in some packets of Maggi instant noodles, a cheap and hugely popular snack. And, since then, several state regulators have followed, and Nestle said early on Friday that it would temporarily withdraw all Maggi noodles from the country’s shelves though it reiterated the products were safe.
And indeed, thanks to Maggi India will final have food recall regulations after a decade. The Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) has published draft food recall rules: the Food Safety and Standards (Food Recall Procedure) Regulations, 2015.
Words of Officials: “It’s a serious matter concerning public health and the law allows us to take Suo moto legal steps, or legal actions, against erring entities,” said one official in the consumer affairs department of the food ministry.
“We will check all other instant noodles brands as well. Why should we restrict to one brand? We are drawing samples of other noodles brand,” FSSAI CEO Yudhvir Singh Malik told PTI.
“On Monday, we will publish names of all brands of instant noodles, macaroni and pasta that have taken approval from FSSAI to sell their products. Samples of those brands will be collected for testing,” Malik said.
“The brands or products that have not taken approval are unauthorised and an action would be contemplated against them,” he said, adding “there would be many brands which have not taken approval from FSSAI”.
Nestle: A Nestle spokesman in India said “the company had not received any official notification as of Sunday, and could not comment”. While the food ministry sources said, NCDRC would notify the company when the case comes up, likely next week.
Loss of Nestle: Also, the Maggi instant noodles controversy has cost investors in NestleBSE -7.63 % almost Rs 10,000 crore. And, the share price of the FMCG major has fallen nearly 15% since the controversy over the excessive lead in the noodle brand broke out. The stock price fell from RS 7,039 on 5th of May to Rs 5569 on 8th of June, wiping out nearly Rs 10,000 crore from Nestle’s market cap.
And now they are taking serious action against the brand ambassadors, Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit, and Preity Zinta have been dragged into the Maggi controversy after food inspectors in UP found excess lead and monosodium glutamate (MSG) in the noodles. “They may or may not have an idea about the ingredients of the product, but they should be sensitised and be aware of the product they are promoting,” Malik added.
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