The Maggi noodles samples have yet again failed the laboratory test in Uttar Pradesh’s Shahjahanpur. This time, the instant noodles have been found to have ash content above the permitted amount. After the results, the district administration has fined INR 45 Lakhs on Nestle. Besides, a fine amounting to INR 15 Lakhs has been imposed on the three distributors while two of its sellers have been slapped with a fine of INR 11 Lakhs.
As per the district authorities, the samples were collected in November 2016 after that they were sent to the lab. In the test, it was found that the samples contained more ash than the permissible quantity. While the authorities are claiming that Maggie noodles have failed the test, Nestle India has reportedly not been given an order as of now. In fact, Nestle thinks of it as a case of application of incorrect standards.
Last time, when the Maggi noodles failed the lab test after more than permitted amount of lead was found, it was banned from sale by FSSAI. Prior to the ban, the company had dominance over the market with 75% share which later came down to 60%.
At that time not only Nestle had to face a huge financial loss but the brand image was also tarnished badly. The company had to fight a lot of legal battles to make a comeback. Meanwhile, many other companies had arrived with their own instant noodles to bag the opportunity.
However, this time, despite the claims and reports, Nestle is quite confident that the Maggi noodles are completely safe for consumption. Well, we hope there is no ban on the instant noodles again as it’s a brand that has become synonymous with noodles.