The controversy over Nestle’s Maggi noodles containing excess lead and monosodium glutamate (MSG), a flavour enhancer, is to probed by three government agencies. The Uttar Pradesh Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had earlier asked the Swiss company to recall a batch of 200,000 Maggi noodle packets produced in February after it found 17.20 parts per million (ppm) of lead against the 2.5 ppm norm for food items and excess MSG.
The Consumer Affairs Ministry, Health Ministry and FSSAI will proceed in a coordinated manner to address the issue. Meanwhile, actress Madhuri Dixit has also been served a notice by the Uttarakhand FDA for endorsing the “2-minute noodles” brand. The actress has been asked to respond within 15 days to an advertisement which highlighted Maggi’s nutritional value. A case could be registered against Dixit if she failed to respond to the notice within the stipulated time-period.