The popular instant noodles brand, Maggi is all geared up to return to the retail shelves as Nestle claimed that it passed all the necessary tests. After the ban that the Maggi noodles faced in June this year, the Bombay High Court mandated that the company should clear the necessary tests to prove that it is safe. As it has passed these tests, the company will restart the production of the noodles in two or three weeks.
Nestle India announced a recall of the Maggi noodles as the FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) imposed a ban on its sale. This ban was due to the alleged claims of containing excessive lead content and mislabeling on the noodles pack. In fact, the recall and ban of the brand wiped out the instant noodles category completely denting the sales of the packaged snacks as the customers avoided them.
In August, the ban was lifted by the Bombay High Court, but Nestle was ordered to get the samples of the product tested before it starts selling it. Nestle has received the results from the three laboratories that tested the samples. The 90 samples across six variants that were tested by these laboratories contained lead below the limits that are permissible.
It has been stated that these are the same Maggi lots that did not clear the FSSAI lab tests.
Lately, Nestle India stated that it will sell the new lots of the Maggi noodles after they are tested by the designated laboratories and the samples clear the mandated tests.
The company has conducted almost 3,500 tests over 200 million packs in both national and international accredited laboratories, and it has received a positive response in all the tests. Moreover, countries such as U.K., U.S., Singapore and Australia have also tested the Maggi noodles and they have found the snack made in India safe for consumption.