Two-minute noodle vanishes from the kitchen after it has been under scrutiny from the whole country. India is becoming one of the largest markets of processed food these days with the change in lifestyle of people. The instant and easy made a tag of Maggi attracts everyone in India. From hostel nights to roadside fun with friends to college canteen, Maggi has been an important part of everyone’s life.
Finally after Nestle’s Maggi was surrounded by questions related to the excess of lead content in it, Nestle has withdrawn it’s product from the market. Nestle has done this till this confusion get’s cleared and magi come fair in its test. “The trust of our consumers and the safety of our products is our first priority,” Nestle said in a statement on Thursday. Although earlier it has refused of all allegations made on Maggi its customers were getting worried and raising questions. “We regularly monitor all our raw material for the lead, including testing by accredited laboratories which have consistently shown levels in Maggi Noodles to be within permissible limits,” Nestle said it in its statement.
Maggi was banned in six states including Delhi and Gujrat after excess of lead and monosodium glutamate was found in it’s packages. MSG or monosodium glutamate is a type of amino acid found naturally in many agricultural products and is added artificially to packaged food to enhance flavour. MSG can cause nausea, upset digestive system, headaches, etc. Symptoms of MSG are collectively called Chinese Restaurant Syndrome (CRS).
It was banned after a food inspecting team from Uttar Pradesh reported about Maggi of being harmful. Maggi which is the favourite noodle in every household among children, youth and aged for around three decades is confident that it will come out clean.
Indian army canteen, Big Bazaar had pulled out Maggi from its stores after the whole incident happened. Not only this but now Nepal and Singapore have banned Maggi which was made in India. Now Maggi is in great trouble after it’s customers are doubtful about whether having it or not.
The processed food has always been in question after 2006 when traces of pesticides were found in Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo Inc fizzy drinks. There have been some other food processing companies which were under scrutiny for its food content.
Mc Donald’s in 2001 and Kellogg’s in 2010 were also in news for having objectionable food ingredients in it.
In 2001, some Hindu’s which were staying in the US forced Mc Donald’s to stop using the beef flavouring to its french fries. Later, the company had to admit it and asked sorry for hurting the religious sentiments. Similarly, Kellogg’s had recalled it’s 25 million boxes of the food product after people started complaining about problems like diarrhoea.
So, undoubtedly these companies need to be more caring towards their product quality. And those who fail to do so should be given severe punishment. India needs to take more seriously the health of its citizen’s and should not just let these companies free. Well, for now, Maggi is in the news and with every coming day, it is losing its share value. Hopefully it comes clean in its tests like it has come in states like Maharashtra and Goa. And apologize it’s customers for being careless about its quality in some of the states.