Samples of Maggi noodles from Goa tested at Central Food Technology Research Institute in Mysuru have revealed that levels of lead and monosodium glutamate in the instant noodles are within permissible limits, an official from the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) of Goa said on Tuesday.
CFTRI had tested five samples sent by Goa Food and Drug Administration (FDA) when Maggi was banned in June in the wake of findings in Uttar Pradesh and other states that the instant noodles brand had lead levels beyond permissible limits, terming them "unsafe and hazardous" for human consumption.
FSSAI had also said that Nestle violated labelling regulations on taste enhancer 'MSG' and ordered company to submit compliance report on its orders.
Director of the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Salim Veljee, said the negative result did not necessarily mean a clean chit for the company's product because of contrary findings made by other state and central government laboratories while testing the Nestle-manufactured noodles, which have been banned in Goa as well as across the country.
"The samples of these noodles were subjected for a re-analysis of the said five Maggi noodle products at the Goa State Pollution Control Board laboratory at Patto, Panaji and the results of the analysis were found to be consistent with the findings of the Goa FDA Lab in declaring the lead contents to be below the permissible limit of 2.5 ppm and negative for MSG," Veljee said.
The controversy over Maggi noodles has weighed on Nestle's financial performance; the company slipped to a second-quarter loss as sales fell 20 per cent because of the withdrawal of Maggi noodles from domestic markets. Nestle also reported one-time loss of Rs 452 crore in the quarter.
..... Devashree Goenka