Fresh Trouble for Neslte; its Pasta ‘Unsafe’

After Maggi noodles fiasco, Nestle India has landed in fresh trouble as its pasta samples, tested at an Uttar Pradesh state food testing laboratory, were found to have lead beyond the permissible limits.

Nestle sells pasta under its brand Maggi Pazzta in four flavours – Masala Penne, Cheese Macaroni, Mushroom Penne and Tomato Twist.

Pazzta samples were collected from Nestle distributor – Sriji Traders at Mau in UP on June 10 and were sent for testing to The National Food Analysis Laboratory, Lucknow, according to Arvind Yadav, designated officer at Food and Drug Administration Mau.

“After Maggi, the sample of macroni pasta was taken from Mau and sent to National Food Analysis
Laboratory, Lucknow, in which lead was found to be much more than the permissible limit,” he was quoted as saying.

“According to report received on September 2, they failed the tests,” he added.

“The standard limit is 2.5 PPM (parts per million) while it has been found to be 6 PPM. On the basis of the report this food product now comes under the ‘unsafe food category,” said Yadav.

According to him, the report has been sent to the FDA commissioner in Lucknow on October 12 for sanction to lodge a case and in case it is received, it will be filed in the court.

Meanwhile, Nestle India has come out and said that its products are safe for consumption and there was no cause for concern.

“The Pazzta manufactured by us is 100 per cent safe and there is absolutely no concern on lead. Therefore, we need to see the contents of reports and we also need to confirm whether these supposed tests have been conducted at FSSAI Notified and NABL accredited laboratory that has the expertise and is certified for testing lead under the Food Safety and Standards Act,” Nestle India said.

Maggie noodles back on shelves

This new controversy comes only days after Nestle re-released its popular Maggi Noodles after the FSSAI banned the product terming it “unsafe and hazardous” for human consumption. The ban on its best selling product took a big toll over Nestle India.

The ban was quashed after Maggie cleared fresh tests of all variants of the popular noodles brand that the Bombay High Court asked for.