Last week, India’s apex consumer commission National Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission (NCDRC) directed further testing of 16 more samples of Maggi noodles.
Maggi has decided to directly report these samples to the Supreme Court, following which there’s now a stay order on proceedings
“As against the directions of NCDRC to send the samples for testing to the export inspection agency, Nestle has consented to send the same samples to a NABL accredited government referral laboratory,” Nestle said in a statement. Reports of 13 samples have already been sent to CFTRI Mysore and the additional 16 which are being sent to CFTRI are to be forwarded to the Supreme Court instead of NCDRC, the foods maker added.
Did Maggi really have dangerous lead?
That Maggi has lead is not a shocker – researchers at Children’s Hospital Boston and the Harvard School of Public Health found that 25% of 71 “cultural powders”, spices and food products. (including cardamom, fenugreek and chili powder), contained over 1 microgram of lead per gram.
For that matter, even ‘sindoor’ had lead! But it was below dangerous level (2 to 3 mcg/g of lead). And, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India testing on Maggi was not done after the Maggi was prepared with water, but as a powder. After a series of India lab tests later found unreliable, testing in Singapore and USA found Maggi to be safe.