A batch of instant noodles worth over €44m is being destroyed by Nestle due to high levels of lead.
Sky News have reported that the incident could be a major blow to the company’s reputation, particularly in India where the product, called Maggi Noodles is the brand’s fastest selling product.
Government tests reportedly revealed that some packets of Maggi Noodles contained unsafe levels of lead, but Nestle claim that the noodles are safe to eat.
Nestle have faced scandals over food safety standards before. There was a mass boycott of the company in the 80’s over their ethically questionable practice of aggressively marketing baby formula to mothers in developing countries who could breastfeed their infants instead.
The formula sold by Nestle needed to be mixed with water, supplies of which were often polluted in the countries where their marketing targeted , which lead to disease and death in vulnerable infants who could have been fed on their mother’s breast milk, for free and with added nutritional benefits and less need for clean water and sanitation practices.