Telangana state lab gives clean chit to Maggi
HYDERABAD: The State Food Laboratory on Monday gave a clean chit to Nestle on lead content in Maggi noodles, but it accused the Swiss food major of ‘misbranding’ the product after detecting presence of monosodium glutamate (MSG) in the tastemaker.
In its report, the Telangana government-run lab – an arm of the Institute of Preventive Medicine – said lead content in the noodles samples was found to have 1.929 parts per million which is well within the 2.5% permissible limit. However, MSG was detected in Maggi’s tastemaker.
Under the rules, a food product would be termed as “misbranded” and the advertising as “misleading” if it is found containing something against what the company mentions on its label declaration.
In this case, the label declaration by Nestle on the noodles sample packet bearing Batch No S12004525BB claimed ‘No added Monosodium Glutamate’. In fact, this claim was mentioned twice on the noodles packet, the report said.
Meanwhile, in a separate report submitted to the government, the IPM too reiterated the same finding. Nine Maggi noodle samples it tested from the two dozen samples lifted by food safety officers from all districts in Telangana, were reportedly found to be having MSG traces.
Lead presence in all the samples, however, was said to be within permissible limits. Sources said the IPM report is likely to be made public by the government on Tuesday.
Last week, the Telangana government had banned Maggi, pending report from IPM. source”