In a press conference held in New Delhi, Maggi’s Global CEO Paul Bulcke said that their product “Maggi” was safe for consumption and that they have the same quality of Maggi, every where in the world. He also added that they would consider removing the “NO MSG” tag from the Maggi labels to avoid confusion between artificial and natural Glutamates.
The Global CEO, addressed the media saying that their product has no MSG (Mono sodium Glutamate) and that was the reason for adding the label on the packs saying “NO MSG”. However, Mr. Bulcke clarified that the label meant that Maggi does not use any artificial Mono sodium Glutamate preparations. He added that Maggi only uses, naturally occurring glutamate which is prepared from hydrolyzed groundnut protein, onion powder and wheat flour.
Mr. Bulcke said that the company would soon remove the labels from the packs to avoid confusion between artificial and natural glutamates. He also added that the company would try to resolve the conflict of lab tests with the Indian food officers.
Meanwhile, the Maggi official site has said in a statement that it would be pulling Maggi out of the shelves for the time being. However, It added that it will be back soon after undergoing necessary rechecks with the Indian food department officials. The company reiterated that the snack was safe for consumption.
Earlier, Various states of India have banned the instant snack, as the lab reports suggested that Maggi has exceeded the permitted levels of chemicals like lead and Mono sodium Glutamate. The Delhi government has imposed a ban of 15 days, whereas the Gujarat government went on to impose a ban on noodles for 30 days. The worst hit for Maggi was from the Tamilnadu government which has banned the snack for 3months. On the other hand, the Kerala government has also ordered for the testing of other noodles variants in its state owned laboratories, the NDTV reports.