Nestle Lanka welcomes government move to test Maggi: ITI report due Thursday

Jun 23, 2015 (LBO) – Nestle Lanka, a unit of a Swiss-based food group said, they welcomed the move by the government to test their popular brand Maggi for its lead content.

“We welcome this move by the government to test the product and it will act as an assurance to us,” Bandula Egodage, Coporate Spokesperson, Nestle Lanka said.

“The quality and safety of our products is the top priority for the company,”

“MAGGI Noodles is locally produced at our factory in Pannala, Kurunegala, maintaining all the food laws and regulations applicable for Sri Lanka.”

He said, that tests have consistently shown Maggi to be compliant with all food safety norms and safe for consumption by the entire family.

Sri Lanka’s Industrial Technical Institute (ITI) is presently in the process of testing Maggi Noodles, and other varieties of noodles to determine their lead content.

“We have received food samples of Maggi and other varieties of noodles from the Health Ministry’s Food Authority for testing,” Ananda Pannila, Additional Director General (Tech Services), ITI said.

“The analysis is being done now and we will be releasing the report by Thursday,”

“Maggi and several other noodle brands that have sachet packets are the products that are being tested.”

Health Service (DGHS) Director General Palitha Mahipala earlier directed that samples of Maggi and other noodles be tested by the Institute in this regard.

The directive comes in the wake of the multinational global food giant in India deciding to to temporarily take the Maggi brand of noodles off the shelves countrywide, alleging it contain high levels of lead-making it unsafe for human consumption.