Several Indian states have either ordered the withdrawal of Maggi noodles from shops, or are carrying out further tests before taking action in conjunction with the federal government, after allegedly finding unsafe levels of lead in the product.
The company said in a statement that the trust of its consumers and the safety of products was its first priority, but added “Maggi noodles are completely safe and have been trusted in India for over 30 years.”
Nestle’s statement said Maggi noodles would be back on shop shelves as soon as the current situation is clarified.
Maggi sales have plunged in India since laboratory tests showed the noodles contained lead at levels far higher than legally allowed.
The tests also detected the chemical flavour enhancer monosodium glutamate, or MSG, which is not mentioned in the product’s list of ingredients.