It’s time we refrained from indulging in Nestle Maggi because it’s being reported that it’s loaded with MSG in excess. When this instant noodle was tossed under a regulatory scanner it was found that it contains the highest level of MSG i.e. the highest level permissible in staple foods.
What is MSG?
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) also known as Sodium Glutamate is highly used in the food industry for flavoring.
What are the side-effects of consuming excessive MSG?
These reactions ‘known as MSG symptom complex’ include:
- Facial pressure or tightness.
- Numbness, tingling or burning in the face, neck and other areas.
- Rapid, fluttering heartbeats (heart palpitations)
- Chest pain.
What actually happened?
Samples of Maggi were collected from some parts of Uttar Pradesh and were found to be loaded with MSG.
The Times Of India reported that the Lucknow Food Safety and Drug Administration has initiated inquiry and written to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in New Delhi seeking to cancel the licence for Maggi. The state regulator has also asked FSSAI to order sampling of the product from across the country to check quality, officials said.
“We have tested Maggi samples at Kolkata’s referral laboratory. The test results show that there are added monosodium glutamate and excess of lead. We have ordered further sampling,” FSDA Assistant Commissioner Vijay Bahadur Yadav told TOI.
However, Nestle, which manufactures Maggi, maintains that it does not add monosodium glutamate to the product, whereas presence of excess lead is “surprising” for the company.
“We do not add MSG to MAGGI Noodles and glutamate, if present, may come from naturally occurring sources. Food regulators in India also do not specify any limit for the presence of MSG/Glutamate,” a Nestle spokesperson said.
According to Yadav, test results showed Maggi containing 17 parts per million lead, whereas the permissible limit is 0.01 ppm. Nestle says its records show lead content is negligible and less than 1 % of the fixed limit.
It’s also revealed that continuous consumption of foods rich in MSG can lead to obesity and high blood pressure. MSG is being referred to as the silent killer in food circles.
Beware folks- Better to be safe than sorry.
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