Malaysia Maggi noodles safe to eat: Nestle

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - Despite reports of Maggi instant noodles being pulled off shelves in India due to high lead content, there are no plans to recall the popular product from Malaysian stores.

"All Maggi noodle products are safe for consumption so yes, there will not be any product recall for Maggi noodles produced in Malaysia," said Nestle Malaysia corporate communication representative Maxine Lim to The Star Online.

In a statement on Wednesday, Nestle said all its products adhere to stringent manufacturing conditions that meet both local and international standards.

"Nestle Malaysia regularly monitors for lead as part of our stringent quality control processes, including testing by accredited laboratories. These tests have consistently shown lead levels in all our products to be within permissible limits," it added.

Strict food safety and quality controls are enforced at all Nestle factories, including thorough quality checks at the raw material sourcing and manufacturing stages.

"This includes comprehensive testing to ensure that Nestle Malaysia products comply with all applicable food safety laws, as well as our own high standards of quality and safety before they reach our consumers.

"All product ingredients and additives used comply with local food regulations," it said.

Maggi two-minute instant noodles are highly popular in Malaysia, and takes pride of place as a food staple at restaurants.

On Wednesday, instant noodles produced by Nestle India reportedly underwent tests nationwide after high lead levels were found in batches in the country's north amid a mounting food-safety scare. As a result, the sales of Maggi noodles has been banned in India for 15 days.

For more information, consumers can contact the Nestle Consumer Services at 1-800-88-3433.