Monday, May 18, 2015

Does Maggi or Ramen noodles contain Monosodium Glutamate or Lead ?

Update :

There was a news report saying Maggi was recalled in UP
Later another report said there was no recall yet
Another report now says Maharashtra FDA has just collected Maggi samples from 3 cities

Maggi noodles is a brand of instant noodles manufactured by Nestlé. The brand is popular in Australia, India, South Africa, Brazil, New Zealand, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Fiji and the Philippines. In several countries, it is also known as “maggi mee” (mee is Indonesian/Malay/Hokkien for noodles). Maggi noodles are part of the Maggi family, a Nestlé brand of instant soups, stocks, and noodles.

A recent news article mentioned that Maggi was tested at Kotkata's referral laboratory(in India) and found to have Monosodium Glutamate(MSG) and lead in excess of permissible limits.
These samples were collected in some parts of Uttar Pradesh and were found containing added monosodium glutamate (MSG) and lead in excess of the permissible limit, official sources said.

The Lucknow Food Safety and Drug Administration has initiated inquiry and written to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in New Delhi seeking to cancel the licence for Maggi. The state regulator has also asked FSSAI to order sampling of the product from across the country to check quality.

Nestle, the company which manufactures Maggi, has vehemently denied the claims. "We do not add MSG to MAGGI Noodles and glutamate, if present, may come from naturally occurring sources. Food regulators in India also do not specify any limit for the presence of MSG / Glutamate," a Nestle spokesperson said. He said, "We are surprised with the lead content supposedly found in the sample. We monitor the lead content regularly as part of regulatory requirements, and tests at our own accredited laboratories as well as those by independent external accredited laboratories have consistently shown the results to be well within the permissible limit."

According to Yadav, test results showed Maggi containing 17 parts per million lead, whereas the permissible limit is 0.01ppm. Nestle says its records show lead content is negligible and less than 1 % of the fixed limit.

MSG, What is it?

Monosodium glutamate, also known as sodium glutamate or MSG, is the sodium salt of glutamic acid, one of the most abundant naturally occurring non-essential amino acids Monosodium Glutamate, better known as MSG, is a form of concentrated salt added to foods to enhance the flavor. This salt version of glutamic acid is an amino acid the body can produce on its own, but the MSG we find on store shelves is processed and comes from fermented sugar beets. Because this kind of MSG is processed, it can cause many adverse reactions, including skin rashes, itching, hives, nausea, vomiting, migraine headaches, asthma, heart irregularities, depression and even seizures
Since MSG acquired its infamous reputation for causing migraines, the food industry has given it new names and new forms, including autolyzed yeast, yeast extract, maltodextrin, hydrolyzed protein, sodium caseinate, mono-potassium glutamate, and textured protein.

What makes Maggi taste sooooo good ??

Wow, Maggi we love so much is also healthy! Or is it??

One serving (1 block or 100 grams) of noodles contains 1170 mg. of sodium chloride aka salt, almost half of the USDA 2400 mg maximum.

Most of the salt would be in the seasoning packet, but the noodles probably contain some salt also.
The noodles provide 10% of your daily calcium and 12% of your daily iron requirement. Other than that the Maggi brand noodles have no nutritional benefit.

All packaged and take out or restaurant foods have added salt, so I certainly wouldn’t eat these noodles on a regular basis due to the very high salt content

Lead is toxic, we shall wait for repeat test results before trying Maggi again.

The Maggi issue has blown up into epic proportions wit every aspect of t being explored in the media including social media. READ ON !

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