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Pratiksha Shrestha

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Brief case study of Maggie Noodle Scandal

The Maggi brand originates from switzerland where in 1863 Julius maggie created a recipe of flavors to bring added taste to meals. In 1947 Nestle acquired the Maggie brand. Today the tradition continues around the world.
Recently, many rumors and issues that Maggie contains high level of MSG and Lead has gone viral in the medias. 

According to two FDA officials, all the packets of instant noodles tested in the state-run laboratory were found to be contaminated. They found a lead concentration of 17.2 parts per million, nearly seven times the permissible limit. The FDA officials said the acceptable limit of lead ranges between 0.01 PPM and 2.5 PPM.  

Many states in India have already banned Maggie noodles and taken off shelves. Likewise, in Nepal, Secretary Mr. Uttam kumar Bhattrai has given direction to off shelve all remaining stock of Maggie Noodles. " Authorized dealer in Nepal market are called for tracing distribution" said the Director General; Sanjeev Karna, pahilopost

However, there are also many institutions, organisations and intellectuals who analyse the case as a hoax. According to Dr. patty (Food technologist,Former chairman, Technology Application departmant CFTRI, India) unless there is full proof method to estimate added glutamate as different from artifacts generated during process, condemnation of the MSG is not justified and lead in maggie noodles is an unnecessary controversy. Food Tech Updates: Lead and MSG in Noodles-An unnecessarycontroversywith suspect intentions 

All in all, in this situation, maggie has decided to withdraw the product off the shelves, despite the product being safe. Nestle 

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