New Delhi: In what may come as a slight reprieve for Nestle, Maggi samples collected from Mumbai and Thane in Maharashtra were found to contain lead levels within the permissible limits specified by food regulators.
"Nine samples of Maggi were taken and lead is found to be under permissible limit," said Nilesh Gandhi, Assistant Commissioner, FDA.
Earlier, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said that no objectionable matter was found in two-minute noodles, which were sent for laboratory tests.
"Five tests have been conducted on the product in central as well as state laboratories. No harmful material was found. The state government has not taken any action since nothing objectionable is found," said Banerjee.
Earlier, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) directed Nestle India to withdraw nine variants of Maggi noodles found unsafe from the market and to stop the further production and sale of the same.
Nestle Global CEO Paul Bulcke earlier assured that the product was safe for consumption, and expressed confidence about instant noodles being back on Indian shelves soon.
Seven states in the country have banned Maggi: Delhi, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana.
Singapore has also banned the instant noodles, with reports stating that the United Kingdom has also ordered a study into its ingredients.