The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) informed the Bombay High Court on Monday that the ban on Nestle India’s Maggi product was partly due to its violation of the Packaging and Labeling Regulations of 2011.
The FSSAI, which was accused by Nestle India of testing the Maggi products in facilities without approval from the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL), provided five reports from NABL-approved laboratories that show the occurrence of monosodium glutamate (MSG) .
The FSSAI stated that food analysts in these labs found up to 1.75 parts per million (ppm) of MSG and as the Maggi package claims to have ‘no added MSG’, its presence violates a provision of the FSSAI Act.
“The amount of arsenic used in the production of Maggi is 0.04 per cent as opposed to the 0.01 per cent stated on the package, which is another such violation,” argued FSSAI lawyer Mehmood Pracha.
The maximum permissible limit of MSG in food products like Maggi is 2.5 ppm, Pracha said.
Nestle said in its petition that it “does not add MSG to the instant noodles”.
The company has claimed that it used hydrolysed groundnut protein and a host of other herbs and spices which contain glutamate.
Therefore, if tested, there is detection of glutamate, which naturally occurs in many foods, including Maggi.