After Maggi, the Delhi government’s food safety laboratory has found “slightly higher” than permissible levels of lead in a sample of Foodles noodles, manufactured by Horlicks. The Indian Express had reported on Monday that eight out of 12 samples of “commonly purchased” instant noodle samples tested by the Delhi food safety department last week were found to have monosodium glutamate (MSG) though the packaging in all claimed they did not use MSG. One sample had lead content higher than the permissible limits of 2.5 parts per million (PPM).
Delhi Food Commissioner K K Jindal confirmed that problems had been identified in eight out of 12 instant noodles samples tested in Delhi, including Foodles, Top Ramen and Ching’s. When contacted for comment, a spokesperson for Glaxo SmithKline (GSK) which manufactures Horlicks products said, “We will be able to comment on this matter once we have received the reports from the authorities.”
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In reports of the first 12 of 32 samples of processed food collected by the department, five of six samples of Top Ramen noodles produced by Indo Nissin Food, and two sample of Ching’s noodles, were also found to have MSG despite declaring on their packs that the products did not use MSG, making it an alleged case of misbranding, according to food safety officials. Indo Nissin and Ching’s did not respond to queries sent by the Express.
Sources said these brands had been chosen based on an advisory to state food commissioners on June 9, which included 33 instant noodles brands which had been granted product approvals by FSSAI.
This included Koka Instant Noodles of Ruchi International, three varieties of Wai Wai by C G Foods India, 10 varieties of Foodles, four varieties of Maggi Nutrilicious Pazzta with Tastemaker manufactured by Nestle, two varieties of Yummy noodles by A A Nutrition, Top Ramen Atta Masala Noodles by Indo Nissin Food, three varieties of Instant Noodles by ITC and nine varieties of Maggi for which product approval was withdrawn by FSSAI in an order in the first week of June.
Meanwhile, food safety department officials said companies had been intimated about the test reports.
At least 20 samples of nutraceticals, supplements, energy drinks, baby food and different types of chips collected from different stores in Delhi are also being tested, according to sources.
If the companies contest the results, other samples of the same product batches which have been preserved by the department will be sent to Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) in Mysore.