India's favourite quick-fix Maggi Noodles is surrounded by controversy again after a recent supreme court hearing. The lawyers representing Nestle admitted that Maggi Noodles contain lead.
In 2017, tonnes of Maggi Noodles were recalled by Nestle and destroyed as they did not meet up to the Health Safety norms. The product was then recalled for having high amounts of Monosodium Glutamate. (MSG) After a few months, the company relaunched the product after altering the recipe. But their battle against the safety norms didn't end there.
People didn't take the ban on Maggi in a good way. Instead of avoiding Maggi Noodles, people stocked their supply before it was all out. Mostly because the only options available then were Yippee Noodles and Ramdev Baba's Patanjali Noodles!
The government has moved a class action against Nestle seeking damages of Rs.640 crore as they are not in compliance with the food safety norms, especially on a product that's consumed by millions of people.
Nestle has been arguing that the presence of lead in Maggi is within the permissible limits while the court questions them about why they need to have lead in their noodles in the first place.
Nestle India put out a statement saying, "Nestlé India had challenged two interim orders of National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) before the Hon’ble Supreme Court in 2015. As per directions of Hon’ble Supreme Court, samples were sent to the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) and the analysis results showed that samples were compliant for Lead and other relevant parameters."
A toxic substance like lead should be kept away from the human digestive system as it can lead to a lot of problems in the long run. I guess its time to lay off Maggi. Thank god for Wai Wai!