UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) finds Maggi Noodles safe to eat

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  • UK’s food regulator Food Standards Agency (FSA) which is equivalent to India's Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) cleared Maggi noodles being sold in Britain as safe for consumption.
  • Following an incident in India, where a sample of Maggi Noodles was reported to contain high levels of lead, the Food Standards Agency made the decision to test a selection of Maggi Noodles as a precaution so FSA has tested over 900 packets of Maggi being sold in UK although only the masala flavour of the noodles was imported into the UK from India. In India, this incident has resulted in a large scale withdrawal of the product 
  • FSA said that "The FSA can confirm that results from testing samples of Maggi Noodles in the UK have all found that levels of lead in the product is well within EU permissible levels and would not be a concern to consumers"
  • "As well as tests carried out by local authorities, the FSA has also asked Nestle to provide it with test results from its own samples. All showed levels of lead to be well within EU permissible levels" FSA said
  • Food regulators of other countries such the Vietnam Food Administration (VFA), National Measurement Institute in Australia and Singapore’s Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) have given clean chit to the company and said Maggi noodles imported from India are “completely safe to eat” 
  • Nestle India currently exports Maggi noodles to Canada, UK, Singapore and Kenya and to third parties in the US, Australia and New Zealand. 
  • Maggi noodles were banned in India by food safety regulator FSSAI over presence of lead beyond permissible limits and taste enhancer monosodium glutamate 
  • Singapore had earlier said Maggi noodles are safe to consume`.Nestle had destroyed Maggi noodles worth Rs 320 crore after its withdrawal from the market
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