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Nestle Is Facing Heavy Metal in Indian Instant Noodles

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If there is one product that can stake claim to being India’s most popular comfort food cherished by everyone from toddlers to grandparents, it has to be Nestle SA’s Maggi instant noodles. Now, they are not so sure.

A routine test on a pack from a small town supermarket produced a result that has unnerved many -- the noodles’ seasoning had too much lead, about 7 times permissible limits. The notion that a snack that mothers have been routinely feeding their kids for the last three decades may be tainted with a metal linked to learning difficulties and even death, has jolted the nation, with the story getting front page coverage in all major newspapers.