The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) ordered Nestle on Friday to recall nine variants of Maggi noodles from the market.
According to reports, FSSAI has found all the nine variants of the instant noodles “unsafe and hazardous for consumption”, and ordered, “Withdraw and recall all the nine approved variants of its Maggi Instant Noodles from the market having been found unsafe and hazardous for human consumption, and stop further production, processing, import, distribution and sale of the said product with immediate effect.”
According to reports, the Maggi Oats Masala Noodles were launched in the market without product approval necessary under Section 22 of the FSS Act.
Union Health Minister J P Nadda was also reported saying, “We have come to the conclusion that the food safety and standards have not been adhered to by Nestle company and Maggi products and that is why we have given instructions that all nine products (variants) should be recalled from the market.”
Nestle India decided to withdraw Maggi noodles from the market on Thursday late evening, after six states, including Delhi and Gujarat, imposed a ban on the instant noodles following a food scare ignited by reports of excess lead and MSG content in some packets of the snack. Addressing the media on Friday, for the first time since the Maggi controversy broke out, Nestle CEO Paul Bulcke claimed that the instant snack is safe for consumption in India.