Officials at the Food and Drug Administration in the Northern State of Uttar Pradesh are testing batches of Nestle’s Maggie Noodles, after scathing reports emerged stating that the product contained dangerously high levels of lead and the controversial ingredient monosodium glutamate (MSG).
On April 30, officials in Lucknow, ordered Nestle to recall a batch of Maggie Noodles after their tests proved that random batches of the product contained both lead and MSG. In an article on Reuters, authorities say they found a lead concentration of 17.2 parts per million (ppm), nearly seven times the permissible limit.
The FDA officials said the acceptable limit of lead ranges between 0.01 ppm and 2.5 ppm.
Officials at Nestle India maintained that the product is in keeping with strict food safety and control measures and that it does not contain lead and MSG despite the claims.
The company said it doesn’t add MSG to Maggi noodles sold in India and this is stated on the product. “However, we use hydrolysed groundnut protein, onion powder and wheat flour to make Maggi noodles sold in India, which all contain glutamate. We believe that the authorities’ tests may have detected glutamate, which occurs naturally in many foods,” the company said.
Officials at Nestle Sri Lanka maintain that the issue in India is merely ‘an isolated event’. In a statement released to The Nation newspaper, authorities here categorically stated that “Maggie Noodles in Sri Lanka is produced locally at the factory in Pannala, Kurunegala in keeping with all food laws and regulations applicable to Sri Lanka.”
What is MSG?
Monosodium glutamate, also known as Sodium Glutamate or MSG, is the sodium salt of glutamic acid, one of the most abundant naturally occurring non-essential amino acids Monosodium Glutamate, better known as MSG, is a form of concentrated salt added to foods to enhance the flavor. This salt version of glutamic acid is an amino acid the body can produce on its own, but the MSG we find on store shelves is processed and comes from fermented sugar beets. Because this kind of MSG is processed, it can cause many adverse reactions, including skin rashes, itching, hives, nausea, vomiting, migraine headaches, asthma, heart irregularities, depression and even seizures
Since MSG acquired its infamous reputation for causing migraines, the food industry has given it new names and new forms, including autolyzed yeast, yeast extract, maltodextrin, hydrolyzed protein, sodium caseinate, mono-potassium glutamate, and textured protein Source: Active8health.net