Bahrain bans Maggi noodles amid contamination fears

Nestle snack has been found to contain dangerous traces of lead: already been withdrawn from shelves across India
Bahrain bans Maggi noodles amid contamination fears
By Sarah Townsend
Sun 07 Jun 2015 11:15 AM

Bahrain has implemented a nationwide ban of a popular brand of instant noodles manufactured in India.

Maggi noodles have been taken off the shelves in India after tests revealed they contained dangerous levels of lead and traces of controversial flavour enhancer monosodium glutamate (MSG).

Last week, UAE officials sought to reassure the public that Maggi noodles on sale in the UAE were made in Malaysia and not in India and were therefore safe.

But in Bahrain, the Health Ministry has reportedly seized hundreds of packets of Indian-origin Maggi noodles, and on Sunday ordered heightened vigilance at the country’s ports to make sure no more contaminated packets enter Bahrain, according to Gulf Daily News.

However, the ministry insisted that most Maggi products available in Bahrain are made in Malaysia not India.

Samples taken from the market and tested in the laboratory had also come back negative for high levels of lead.

Public health assistant under-secretary Dr Maryam Al Jalahma reportedly told the newspaper: “Immediate action was taken by health inspectors to withdraw Indian-origin Maggi noodles from shops.

“Inspectors will continue monitoring the market and we urge all citizens to report any complaint to our hotline on 39427743.” 

She added: “Shopkeepers and retailers cannot import the Indian noodles as we have now notified inspectors at the ports to ban their entrance into the country.

“It must be noted that the seized packets were imported before the ban.”

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