[UPDATE: 9 June] AVA has released their latest statement on the India-made Maggi noodles and have confirmed that they are safe for public consumption. Read more about the latest development here.
This is just a precautionary measure as AVA continues to conduct tests
Maggi has been found to contain too much lead. Prolonged consumption of excessive lead can lead to memory loss, kidney failure and male reproductive problems.
No, no this Maggi. This Maggi.
India is facing something of a health crisis after excess levels of lead were found in Maggi noodles sold there. The revelation came after India’s Food Safety and Drug Administration conducted routine tests in March. Their test results showed lead levels of 17.2 parts per million of lead, whilst the limit is only 0.01-2.5 parts per million.
However, Nestle India has repeatedly denied these allegations, claiming that they themselves have conducted tests on a much larger sample size and yet found acceptable levels of lead.
“These samples represent around 125 million packets. All the results of these internal and external tests show that lead levels are well within the limits specified by food regulations and that Maggi noodles are safe to eat.”
A Nestle spokesperson said that a small proportion of India-produced Maggi noodles are exported to Singapore.
As a precautionary measure, the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has told importers to temporarily stop selling Maggi noodles made in India. However, some shop owners were found to be still selling the noodles. They claimed that they did not receive any official notice to take the noodles off their shelves.
AVA is still in the process of conducting their own internal tests on the noodles.
What to do now
Obviously, there’s no need for you to get overly alarmed. Why cause unnecessary panic over issues that may not even affect Singapore? Only a minority of India-produced noodles make their way to the shores of Singapore; we import mainly from Malaysia.
But just to be on the safe side: check the country of origin on the packet before you dunk the noodles in the pot.
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