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Nestle To Destroy Instant Noodles

16 June 2015 Latest News National News News

27,000 tonnes of Nestle noodles are being destroyed because they contain ‘too much’ lead… but the brand can still be bought outside of India

Maggi noodles are off the menu as the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India said they were ‘unsafe and hazardous for human consumption’.

The instant noodles by Nestle, which are similar in style to the UK snack Super Noodles, are said to contain more lead than is allowed.

The company has removed all relevant products from Indian shelves and is to dispose of them, amounting to a value of £32m.

This means around 27,000 tonnes of noodles will be sent to furnaces and destroyed.

That’s a lot of noodles (about half the weight of the Titanic).

Nestle is believed to have  sold around $623m (£400m) of Maggi noodles last year, mainly in India where it accounts for 80 per cent of instant noodle sales.

The June 5th ruling, which Nestle has responded to with the destruction order, bans the product from sale in India.

But you can still buy the noodles in Ireland & the UK.