Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Maggi Mishap

I grew up in the period when the dominant instant noodles were Payless and Maggi. Payless already made product update by producing its Pancit Shanghai. Maggi instant noodles, on the other hand, was only making a comeback. Unfortunately Maggi noodles, particularly beef and chicken flavors, were said to be compromised because of salmonella. What you’ll read below is the statement of Nestle Philippines regarding their voluntary recall. This particular statement was also published in Manila Bulletin’s May 15, 2011 issue, page 14.

Nestlé Philippines, Inc. has voluntarily recalled all MAGGI Rich Mami Noodles Beef & Chicken Flavors from stores nationwide, following a routine quality test which found traces of salmonella in two batches of MAGGI Rich Mami Noodles Beef Flavor.

The product recall is a precautionary measure being taken to ensure the safety and quality of our products and in the interests of our consumers, which we regard as of paramount importance.

We have immediately initiated an extensive investigation to determine the cause of this contamination, and initial findings suggest flavoring ingredients as the cause. MAGGI Rich Mami Noodles come with flavoring in sachet, which is used to enhance the noodle's flavor.

We have stopped production of all MAGGI Rich Mami Noodles pending the completion of the investigation.
The quality and safety of our products are non-negotiable priorities for us, and it is in this regard that we have decided to do a complete voluntary recall of all MAGGI Rich Mami Noodles, even outside those of the affected batches, for thorough product evaluation and testing.

We have not received any consumer concerns related to the consumption of MAGGI Rich Mami Noodles. The product is safe to eat if the cooking instructions are followed.

Consumers who have purchased MAGGI Rich Mami Noodles are requested to contact the Nestlé hotline at 8980061 (for Metro Manila) and 1-800-100-637853 (toll-free for provincial areas). Our hotlines are open 24 hours a day, from Mondays to Sundays. The concerned batches have the lot codes 11020598A2 and 11030598A1. The lot code numbers are found at the back of the product pack, between the "Best Before" date and the ingredients list.

See the actual statement from the Nestle Philippines website here:

For your information, dear reader.

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