India has with withdrawn Maggi noodles from shops and markets after tests showed the product contained high levels of lead and flavour enhancer, monosodium glutamate.
India’s Federal Food Safety Authority reportedly ordered all states to conduct tests on the Maggi brand noodles.
Food Minister Ram Paswan said,
"If the contents are found to be injurious to health, then we will definitely take action"
Reports say Maggi Noddles has been at the centre of a controversy after tests in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh last month found the noodles to have higher than permissible levels of lead and Monosodium Glutamate (MSG).
Sales of the product manufactured by the Indian subsidiary of Swiss-based Nestle SA has reportedly plummeted over the past few days.
Nestle has however denied that the noodles are unsafe or unhealthy even as a company spokesman said no MSG was added to noodles sold in India, but the product glutamate occurred naturally in other ingredients used.
In a related development, a court in the eastern state of Bihar also ordered that a complaint be filed against Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan and Madhuri Dixit for endorsing the brand.