Singapore importers told to suspend sales of Maggi instant noodles from India

SINGAPORE - Importers here have been told by the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) to suspend the sales of Maggi brand instant noodles produced by Nestle's Indian unit, Channel NewsAsia reported.

This comes after India's move to ban the sales of the noodles for 15 days after high levels of lead were discovered in test batches in New Delhi and the state of Uttar Pradesh.

Channel NewsAsia quoted the AVA as saying that a small amount of Maggi brand instant noodles has been imported into Singapore, and that samples of these products are being tested. Importers have been advised to stop selling them until the tests are complete, Channel NewsAsia said.

The news agency added that some shop owners in Little India who were seen selling the instant noodles yesterday said that they had not yet been told by suppliers to withhold the sales.

Nestle Singapore said in a statement today that its products are manufactured under stringent manufacturing conditions that meet both local and international standards and are safe for consumption.

It stressed that the quality and safety of the products are "top priorities", and that strict food safety and quality controls at all manufacturing facilities are in place.

"In addition, comprehensive testing is done to ensure that Nestle Singapore products fully comply with all applicable food safety laws and regulations, as well as our own high standards of quality and safety before they reach our consumers," the company said.

"In line with this, Nestle Singapore regularly monitors the level of lead as part of our stringent quality control processes, including testing by accredited laboratories. These tests have consistently confirmed that all products are in full compliance with local food laws and regulations."