After Maggi, Food Safety Regulator Asks Top Ramen to Withdraw
Instant noodle product Top Ramen to follow Maggi route after FSSAI ordered removal of stocks from market.
Indo Nissin Foods has ordered the withdrawal of its instant noodles brand ‘Top Ramen’ from the Indian market following an advisory from central food safety regulator Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, or FSSAI.
The move comes in the wake of the controversy over Maggi noodles, after which the FSSAI had ordered the testing of all instant noodles, pastas and macaroni brands sold by seven companies to check compliance of norms.
We had sought clarification from FSSAI since Top Ramen product approval is pending with the regulator. They have requested us to withdraw the product until they give the approval.
–Gautam Sharma, Managing Director, Indo Nissin Foods Pvt Ltd.
Top Ramen, Mr Sharma’s statement read, was extensively tested over the last few weeks.
According to the company’s statement, they have tested their product in two FSSAI accredited labs and sent the result to FSSAI a few weeks ago.
It was also tested at various state FDA labs across the country and two out of these showed above permissible levels of MSG.
The company, the statement read, was meeting state FDAs (Food and Drug Administration) and sharing test results with them as well as seeking a re-test.
The Maggi Effect
On June 8, the central regulatory body had come out with the advisory on product safety testing of all instant noodle products in India after tests in certain states revealed the presence of lead beyond permissible limits and taste enhancer Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) in Maggi noodles.
Following the FSSAI ban on Maggi noodles, Nestle destroyed noodles worth Rs. 320 crore.
Hindustan Unilever has withdrawn its Knorr instant noodles brand pending product approval from FSSAI.
Global cafe chain Starbucks also has stopped using ingredients not approved by the regulator in certain products served at its India outlets.
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