Australia temporarily suspends Maggi import from India

In the ongoing threats on Nestle’s Maggi, now Australia has temporarily suspended import of the noodles from India as the popular instant snack has come under mounting scrutiny over food safety concerns.

The Department of Agriculture of the Australian government has issued a “holding order” against Maggi as a precautionary measure on June 11.

“The purpose of this notice is to advise that the department has applied a holding order to Maggi brand noodles (Maggi noodles) from India.”

“This is a precautionary measure in response to reports of levels of lead that are potentially non-compliant with the permissible levels in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code),” Australian Department of Agriculture said in the notice.

This decision would be applicable to all Maggi noodles imported to Australia from India, it said.

The Department of Agriculture “will inspect and test consignments for the presence of lead and compliance with Standard 1.4.1 of the Code”.

Maggi has also come on the radar of US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) which has taken samples of the instant noodles brand for testing.

As per Nestle’s global website, Nestle India currently exports small quantities of Maggi noodles to the US, Canada, UK, Australia, Singapore and Kenya.

On June 5, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had banned Maggi directing Nestle to immediately withdraw and recall all nine variants of Maggi instant noodles from market.