Singapore "clears Maggi noodles"

Singapore "clears Maggi noodles"

Singapore's food safety watchdog, the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), has reportedly found that Maggi noodles imported from India meet local safety standards.

The Indian food safety authorities had reported samples of Maggi noodles tested contained excess levels of lead and MSG. Singapore suspended the sale of noodles produced in India and started its own testing procedure.

According to local reports, the AVA has now given Maggi noodles the all-clear and concluded the products do not contain levels of lead in excess of those allowed under regulatory standards.

Singapore is the first overseas regulator to report back following news the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has clamped down on the sale of Maggi noodles, claiming tests showed levels of lead that were "hazardous" for human consumption. Nestle said its own testing found product contained levels of lead below those permitted under Indian regulations. The UK and Canada are both testing Maggi samples independently.

A spokesperson for Nestle told just-food the company has not yet been alerted to the outcome of these tests. "We are awaiting further results from other regulatory authorities."