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Sample of Maggi noodles sent to Thailand to check lead content


May 27, 2015

Sample Maggi noodles sent to Thailand to check lead containThe Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) has sent samples of Maggi noodles to Thailand after Indian Media reported that it contained high amount of lead and Monosodium Glutamate. Monosodium glutamate is a flavour enhancer used in many processed food.

The noodle samples are also being tested at the National Food Testing Laboratory in Yusipang since yesterday. Jamyang Phuntsho from the BAFRA said they are testing the samples here to compare the results.

The dietician at the National Referral Hospital, Kezang Metho said that Monosodium Glutamate or MSG is a taste enhancer contained in most of the processed food including Maggi which is not good for health.

“When we consume food products containing more MSG, we don’t know whether we are full or satisfied with food products. Then we go on eating which will ultimately lead to obesity which will result in many other cardiovascular diseases as well as non communicable diseases”

According to Indian Media, food inspectors have asked Nestle India, the manufacturer of Maggi noodles to recall a batch of its products from shops in Uttar Pradesh. However BAFRA said they cannot do so, until the results are out. The test results will be out by this week. If results are positive, the products would be recalled or banned.

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