Nestle India has decided to take their product MAGGI Noodles off the shelves nationwide in the view of recent developments and concerns around the product that the company attributed to an “environment of confusion”that has led to pre-mature conclusions.
Nestle said the situation does not provide a conducive environment to have the product in the market now and it is withdrawing it altogether,
Speaking to the media, Paul Bulcke, Global Chief Executive, Nestlé said: “The trust of our consumers and the safety and quality of our products is our foremost priority everywhere in the world. Unfortunately, recent developments and growing concerns about the product have led to confusion for the consumer to such an extent that we have decided to take the product temporarily off the shelves, in spite the product being safe”.
Nestlé applies the same quality standards and the same food safety and quality assurance systems everywhere in the world and it prominently applies to MAGGI Noodles in India, he said.
Responding to the recent concerns around lead, Nestlé has conducted extensive, additional tests on over 1000 batches of MAGGI Noodles at its own accredited labs, complimented by tests on over 600 batches at external laboratories. All results indicate that MAGGI Noodles are safe and well within the regulatory limits established in India. Nestlé has shared these results with the authorities, as well as with the broader public online.
The company also confirms that it does not add MSG (E621) to its MAGGI Noodles in India, as stated on the label. As some ingredients like groundnut protein, onion power and wheat flour contains glutamate naturally, this may have led to the confusion and as such Nestlé has decided to remove the specific mention of “No Added MSG” from the label.
“With the consumer in mind, we will do everything it takes, and are fully engaged with the authorities, to clarify the situation to have MAGGI Noodles back on the shelves at the earliest,” Bulcke added.