The Maggi ban: How India’s favourite two-minute noodles lost 80% market share
'No added MSG (monosodium glutamate)', claimed a bright-yellow packet of Nestle Maggi Noodles. A UP food inspector checked, and found a lot of lead in it as well
New Delhi: It was Sanjay Singh, a food inspector at the Uttar Pradesh government’s Food Safety and Drug Administration, who spotted the label that claimed “no added MSG (monosodium glutamate)" on the bright-yellow packets of Maggi noodles in March 2014 during one of his routine raids on retail outlets. A PhD in organic chemistry, Singh picked up a sample and sent it to the state laboratory at Gorakhpur for testing. The result that came a few weeks later was positive—that particular sample of Maggi noodles had MSG. Samples of Maggi noodles were then sent to the Central Food Laboratory in Kolkata in June 2014. The results that came after almost one year in April 2015 read: “MSG: Present and Lead: 17.2ppm (parts per million)". The amount of lead found was over 1,000 times more than what Nestle India Ltd had claimed.