The presence of high-level of monosodium glutamate (MSG) and lead in Maggi as scientists reportedly found in it recently has made residents anxious about the quality of the product that they’ve been consuming for years.
Media reports suggested that scientists found lead and high level of MSG in about two dozen packets of noodles manufactured by the company in Uttar Pradesh during a routine test.
However, some shopkeepers in New Market and MP Nagar said there was no impact on the sale of Maggi.
Even otherwise, if there was any such report, its impact on the sale could not be assessed in just a day, they said.
A resident of Trilanga, Sudha Tiwari, said: “For me, Maggi was a comfortable food and a favourite too, but after the news regarding the lead in the Maggi, I can’t even think of eating it. I can’t take risks with my child’s life.”
Requesting anonymity, a distributor said: “We didn’t receive any instruction from the company. Even shopkeepers didn’t make any query about it. We will take any action only after the company’s instructions.”
Food and drugs administration joint controller Pramod Shukla said: “We discussed the issue. As Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSA) is looking into the matter, we are waiting for the FSSA’s instructions. We will take action only after FSSA’s order.”
Nestle India’s area sales manager Sushil Doshi said, “I cannot comment on the news reports.”
However, the distributor of Maggi from Nestle India, the company which produces the noodles, has not received any instruction so far to withdraw any particular batch of the noodles from the market.