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Nestle admits that Maggi noodles has poisonous MSG content

Gaurav Singh
2.13K   //    10 Jan 2019, 20:09 IST

Ticking time bomb
Ticking time bomb

What’s the story?

Nestlé, a multi-billion dollar food and drink company has acknowledged that one of its top products Maggi Noodles contains a harmful flavor enhancer called “Monosodium glutamate”.

In case you didn’t know…

In 2015, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), ordered a recall of all nine approved variants of Maggi instant noodles suggesting that they were unsafe and hazardous for human consumption.

As per FSSAI, Nestle had committed below three major violations:-

(a) Presence of lead detected in Maggi Noodles was in excess of the maximum  permissible  levels of 2.5 ppm

(b)  Misleading   labeling   information   on   the   package   reading   “No   added   MSG”

(c)  Releasing of a non- standardized food product in the market, “Maggi Oats Masala Noodles with Tastemaker” without risk assessment and grant of product approval

About time we learn something from the younger generation
About time we learn something from the younger generation

Heart of the matter

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer which makes the food taste better. In other words, it boosts the taste buds in your mouth and deceives you into thinking that the food you eat tastes way better than it actually is.

It is commonly used in China and Thailand and some other countries as well. When you visit a Chinese or a Thai restaurant and the food tastes way better than you think, you may suspect and thank Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) for that.


In one study, it was found that regular intake of MSG was directly linked to obesity, which a state of being overweight.

MSG was injected to rats with various ages, 16% of rats died before reaching infancy and of the survivors, 90% or more became noticeably obese. Also, note that there are many side effects of MSG.

What’s next?

You need to be very careful before consuming packaged food. Not just Maggie, be it any brand. Read the ingredients of the product to see if it contains anything that is harmful before buying.