Health Ministry denies issuing order to recall MAGGI® noodles
KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry has assured once again that Maggi noodles in the country are safe for consumption, after a statement that it had issued advice to Nestle Malaysia to withdraw its noodles products from the market resurfaced and went viral on social media.
Its director Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the news was untrue and that the Ministry did not issue any such order to the company.
"It was something that happened in India and not in our country," he said via WhatsApp message.
Dr Noor Hisham was asked to comment on a statement that was spreading on the social media that the Ministry has issued an order to withdraw Maggi Noodles from the Malaysian market, citing it was not safe for consumption.
The statement claimed that the product contained harmful lead and had also been aired on a local television channel.
Checks by the New Straits Times revealed that in June, 2015, India had withdrew the Maggi noodles from its shelves, citing unsafe levels of lead in the snack. This followed tests conducted by Delhi city government where they found 10 out of 13 samples to be unsafe with lead exceeding the allowed level
The Health Ministry then, in response to this and concerned raised over similar products here, assured that Nestle-owned Maggi noodles in the country were safe to be consumed.
In a news report, Dr Noor Hisham was quoted as saying that the instant noodles in Malaysia were not imported from India.
He added that the Ministry had also verified with the company producing the noodles and found it had gone through the right procedures to ensure it is safe for consumption.
He had said the public need not worry on the safety status of the Maggi noodles as the monitoring and enforcement of food safety by the Ministry was always ongoing to ensure its safety.
Source: New Strait Times
Nestlé Malaysia Assures Highest Safety and Quality Standards for MAGGI® Noodles
Nestlé would like to reassure consumers that the quality and safety of our products are the top priorities for our company.
All Nestlé products are manufactured under stringent manufacturing conditions that meet both local and international standards and are safe for consumption. MAGGI® products sold and marketed by Nestlé Malaysia are produced locally.
Nestlé has in place strict food safety and quality controls at all our manufacturing facilities, including thorough quality checks at each stage of our raw material sourcing and manufacturing process. This includes comprehensive testing to ensure that Nestlé Malaysia products fully comply with all applicable food safety laws and regulations, as well as our own high standards of quality and safety before they reach our consumers. All Nestlé Malaysia’s product ingredients used comply with local food laws and regulations.
Further to this, Nestlé Malaysia regularly monitors the level of lead as part of our stringent quality control processes, including testing by accredited laboratories. These tests have consistently confirmed that all products are in compliance with local food laws and regulations.
We understand that some consumers are concerned by reports that the authorities in India have found elevated levels of lead in a sample pack of MAGGI® Noodles. The trust of our consumers and the safety of our products is our first priority. In spite of MAGGI® Noodles being safe, Nestlé India has decided to take the products off the shelves. Nestlé India reassures consumers that the trusted MAGGI® Noodles will be back in the market as soon as the current situation is clarified.
You may find the latest information about MAGGI® Noodles in India here: http://www.nestle.com/aboutus/ask-nestle/answers/maggi-noodles-india-msg-lead-ban-recall
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