New Delhi: The instant noodles brand, Maggi, brought out by the world’s largest food company Nestle has now come under the scanner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which is now testing samples.

“We have been made aware that the FDA has taken samples of Maggi noodles manufactured in India from third-party importers’ containers for testing, and we have asked the importers to advise use of the outcome of the FDA test," a spokeswoman for the Swiss food group said in an emailed statement.

In a Reuters reports published in The Economic Times, the spokeswoman has said that Nestle does not import, market or distribute Maggi noodles in the US. The noodles may be banned in the US and ordered off from retail store shelves across the country if a high level of lead content is found in samples. Read more.

Interestingly, before Maggi instant noodles were found to be “unsafe," US food-safety inspectors had deemed hundreds of made-in-India snacks unfit for sale in America. The Wall Street Journal reports that data on the website of the US Food and Drug Administration shows that it rejected more snack imports from India than from any other country in the first five months of 2015. More here.

Meanwhile, Nestle has approached the high court in Mumbai seeking a judicial review of The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’s (FSSAI) order that says tests have found the instant noodles to be “unsafe and hazardous" and accused Nestle of failing to comply with food safety laws.

While Nestle insists the noodles are completely safe, it has in a statement that was reported in BBC.com said it had approached the court “as part of the effort to resolve" the matter and was “raising issues of interpretation" of India’s food safety laws. Further, it was also challenging a separate order from the government of Maharashtra state.

On 5 June, FSSAI asked Nestle India to “stop further production, processing, import, distribution and sale" of all nine variants of Maggi with immediate effect as they had been found unsafe for human consumption.

According to FSSAI, the three major violations are the presence of lead in the product in excess of the maximum permissible levels of 2.5 parts per million (ppm); misleading labelling information on the package reading ‘No added MSG’ (monosodium glutamate); and release of a non-standardized food product in the market, Maggi Oats Masala Noodles with Tastemaker, without risk assessment and grant of product approval. Mint has more here.

The Indian Express checks out the labs in Delhi which tested the instant noodles and found that it did not have the technology, expertise or even the accreditation to do the job in time.

The paper reports that when labs across the country were sending their test results to the FSSAI, the central regulatory agency made it a point to praise Delhi’s “perfect reports". Yet, to actually conduct these tests, the department in Delhi had to seek the help of a private lab. Read more.

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