SINGAPORE: The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said on Thursday (Jun 4) it has told importers to temporarily withhold sales of Maggi brand instant noodles produced in India.
This followed India’s move to ban their sale for 15 days after high levels of lead were found in batches tested in New Delhi and Uttar Pradesh state.
But some shop owners in Little India were on Thursday still seen selling Maggi brand products. Channel NewsAsia understands that they have not received any updates from suppliers to take them off the shelves.
AVA said Singapore has imported a small amount of Maggi brand instant noodles from India, but has not brought in Maggi brand oat products produced there. It is testing samples of Maggi brand instant noodles manufactured in India and it has advised affected importers to stop selling them until tests are complete.
The Food Safety and Drug Administration in Uttar Pradesh had found lead content of 17.2 parts per million (ppm) in routine tests on the instant noodles – seven times the legal limit.