BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - Maggi instant noodles sold here are safe for consumption, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said amid reports of the product's recall in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
In a statement, the Ministry of Health's Food and Safety Division here said Maggi noodles in the Brunei market were primarily imported from Nestle (Malaysia) Berhad and that the products were manufactured at different factory sites in Malaysia.
On Thursday, BBC reported that Indian food inspectors had ordered Nestle India to recall a batch of Maggi noodles from shops in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, saying the product contains high levels of lead.
The state's Food Safety and Drug Administration said excess levels of monosodium glutamate (MSG) were also found in tests on two dozen packets, the report said.
The Ministry of Health said there is no regulated maximum level for MSG or its derivatives for noodles under the Public Health (Food) Regulations.
"The use of MSG is generally allowed in processed food," the statement added.
However, the division said it will continue to monitor the presence of hazardous materials or substances as well as excess levels of specific food additives in processed foods in light of the reports.
The Brunei sole distributor of Maggi noodles, Jasra Harrisons Sdn Bhd, said there were no instructions to halt the import of the product.
When contacted yesterday, the general manager of Jasra Harrisons said they do not import Maggi noodles from India.
According to the BBC, Nestle India had denied that their noodles are unsafe.
"We do not add MSG to Maggi noodles, and glutamate, if present, may come from naturally occurring sources." "We are surprised with the content supposedly found in the sample as we monitor the lead content regularly as a part of the regulatory requirements," Nestle India was quoted as saying.