New Delhi : Taking a “serious” note of quality issues related to global giant Nestle’s famous noodle brand Maggi, the government has asked the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India to look into whether Nestle India’s flagship product Maggi noodles contain unacceptable levels of lead and monosodium glutamate. Besides, a class action suit can be initiated into the matter if a complaint with National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) is filed, Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said. Last month, the UP Food Safety and Drug Administration had asked Nestle India to withdraw a batch of Maggi noodles “which were manufactured in February 2014” after it found high levels of added MSG, a taste enhancer, in the noodles and lead beyond permissible limits.
Disputing the claim, Nestle said: “The company does not agree with the order and is filing the requisite representations with the authorities.” Nestle enjoys a 60% market share in the instant noodles space in India.
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