Maggi noodles from India are currently the subject of controversy: tests have revealed that they contain abnormal (and harmful) concentrations of lead and monosodium glutamate. These tests were run at the beginning of June in several states of India. The products were therefore removed from the market. Now, Nestlé India, the firm commercialising the food product, has to destroy all the stocks of Maggi noodles. This is expected to cost around 3.2 billion of Indian rupees which is tantamount to 45 million euros.
It seems that the Maggi noodles removed from supermarkets are not the only ones concerned. Nestlé India will now have to get rid of its stock of the product found in its factories and distribution centres.
Nestlé explained in a communiqué that the destruction of the products will require more expenses to be made: the costs of the transport of the products from the distribution centres to the spot where they will be destroyed together with the destruction process itself will have to be taken into consideration.
After Indian authorities banned the selling of the product altogether, the firm contested the decision in court. It argues that monosodium glutamate is not used in the production of Maggi noodles in India; rather, it says that the chemical might already be present in some of the ingredients used. As for the lead, American sanitary authorities had once reported that the Indian soil is polluted with lead. As such, the lead might have come from plants.