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New Delhi: Nestle is now facing trouble in Africa. East African supermarket chain Nakumatt has decided to withdraw Nestle’s Maggi noodles from its shops across five countries, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and South Sudan, according to a BBC report.

Nakumatt has taken Maggi off shelves following a complaint by the Consumer Federation of Kenya (Cofek).

Cofek said two more supermarket chains in Kenya, Tuskys and Naivas, have agreed to withdraw Maggi from their stores, BBC reported.

On Monday, the agri food and veterinary authority of Singapore had said Maggi noodles produced in India are safe to eat, as food safety tests found that it does not pose risks to consumers, according to a report by The Straits Times, Singapore. Singapore had put restrictions on import of Maggi noodles from India last week.

Nestle India’s stock price rose on Tuesday for the first time since May 21.

India’s food safety regulator Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)on 5 June asked Nestle India to recall all nine variants of Maggi noodles from the market, calling them “unsafe and hazardous" for human consumption.

Nestle India said it would withdraw the products, but continued to insist that the products were safe.

At 1.13pm, shares of Nestle India were trading 3.32% higher than its previous close at 6,151.25 apiece on BSE on Wednesday.

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