Maggi may soon disappear from Indian plates


New Delhi: The common name in the Indian kitchen, and a life saver for bachelors, 2-minute noodle Maggi might lose its license in India after high level of monosodium glutamate (MSG) and lead beyond permissible limit were found in the samples.

The Lucknow Food Safety and Drug Administration has reportedly written to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) asking it to cancel the licence for Maggi. This comes after some samples collected in some parts of Uttar Pradesh revealed high level of MSG and lead.

“We have tested Maggi samples at Kolkata’s referral laboratory. The test results show that there are added monosodium glutamate and excess of lead. We have ordered further sampling,” FSDA Assistant Commissioner Vijay Bahadur Yadav told Times of India.

Yadav said the tested Maggi showed 17 parts per million of lead. The permissible limit is a mere 0.01 parts per million lead.

However, Nestle, which manufactures Maggi has denied the allegations saying it doesn’t add MSG to their product at all.

Monosodium glumate or MSG is commonly used to enhance flavour of packed and processed food. Although a small quantity of MSG is believed to be safe, its long-time consumption can result in harmful side-effects.