Clarification on Media Reports concerning MAGGI Noodles

To Press Releases listJun 6, 2015

Nestlé South Africa’s MAGGI Noodles are Manufactured Locally and Safe for Consumption

5 June 2015, JOHANNESBURG: We would like to assure our South African consumers that our MAGGI Noodles, manufactured locally are absolutely safe for consumption. The quality and safety of our products are non-negotiable priorities for us. Our MAGGI 2min noodles in South Africa are manufactured locally at our MAGGI factory in Babelegi, Tshwane.

Nestlé is a decentralised company and the withdrawal of MAGGI Noodles is only isolated to India.

Our raw materials, purchased only from Nestlé approved suppliers, are tested extensively before use. The finished product is released only once we have confirmed compliance to a strict array of quality and food safety criteria.

Trace amounts of lead are present in the atmosphere and in the soil and we regularly monitor all our raw materials for lead, including testing by accredited laboratories. The authorities have set limits to ensure that any lead present in a finished product are within recommended food safety levels and safe to consume. These tests have consistently shown lead in Maggi noodles to be within permissible limits.

Consumers who require more information on this are advised to contact us on consumer.services@za.nestle.com or our toll free number - 086 009 6116.

We would like to reiterate that the quality and safety of our products are a non-negotiable priority.


N.B.
Recent reports in South Africa on the MAGGI Noodles India issue make reference to some acronyms that may create confusion for consumers. To help understand the difference please note the following:
Nestle S.A. refers to Nestlé Societe Anonieme, the Nestlé Group of companies which is headquartered in Switzerland
Nestlé South Africa (Pty) Ltd refers to Nestlé registered in South Africa
Nestlé India Plc refers to Nestlé registered in India

FAQ

  1. Are Nestle South Africa MAGGI 2Minute Noodles safe for consumption?
    Yes, absolutely. Nestlé South Africa MAGGI 2Minutes Noodles are safe for consumption.
  2. Where are the MAGGI 2Minute noodles consumed in South Africa manufactured?
    Our noodles are manufactured locally at our facility located in Babelegi, Tshwane, in South Africa.
  3. Do they contain lead and how does it get into food?
    Trace amounts of lead are present in the atmosphere and in the soil. As Nestlé, we regularly monitor all our raw materials for lead, including testing by accredited laboratories. Government has set limits to ensure that any lead present in a finished product is within recommended food safety levels. Tests conducted have consistently shown lead in MAGGI noodles to be within permissible limits.
  4. What have you done to ensure levels of lead do not exceed the required levels?
    The quality and safety of our products are a non-negotiable priority. Therefore, in line with our strict quality and safety requirements for all materials used, regular tests are conducted on all our raw materials including tests for lead. Tests conducted have consistently shown lead in Maggi noodles to be within permissible limits.
  5. Who can I contact if I need more information?
    Please contact our Consumer Contact Centre on +27 86 009 6116.