Precipitate of Lead and Monosodium Glutamate MSG in Noodles

Precipitate of Lead and Monosodium Glutamate MSG (Ajinomoto) in Noodles.

Precipitate of Lead and Monosodium Glutamate MSG in Noodles

Background Context:

The Apex court of India has lifted a ban on sales of noodles by popular brand Nestle and relieved the conglomerate of any criminal proceedings over alleged presence of monosodium glutamate and lead. National Consumer Dispute Redressal Commision (NCDRC) decided to go ahead with suit filed against Nestle over precipitate of MSG and lead in their noodles.

What’s the issue?

The supreme court, allowed the reopening of the case brought against Nestle. This happened after the Swiss food company admitted and their lawyers nodded yes during the court hearing, for the allegations made against them. This backlash, came after the series of tests were conducted by Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) at Mysore to test the check the quality of the product, thus CFTRI report concluded the presence of Lead and MSG in noodles. Nestle however defended themselves, by saying lead was within the permissible limit.

Effects of lead and MSG on health:

Lead (Symbol: Pb, Atomic number: 82)

  • Lead heavy metal and, it is very toxic to human body and affects multiple body parts such as liver and kidney.
  • It has long term ill effect and more harmful to pregnant women and newborns, it is strongly believed that it more harmful to nervous system in childrens.
  • Since lead is heavy metal, hence its repetitive consumption over time through food products, makes a deposit in teeth and bones. In women, common results of accumulation of lead deposits overtime, are early delivery of premature babies, miscarriage, underweight babies.

Monosodium Glutamat (popularly known as Aji-No-Moto)

  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) which has chemical formula C5H8NO4Na is used as flavor enhancer in food products and it is very common ingredient in chinese food products, tin vegetables, processed meat products and soups.
  • Repetitive consumption of MSG over period causes excess sweating, physical weakness, regular headache and nausea. Long term results are chest pain, burning sensation in upper abdomen specially near face and neck. The deadly effects are Asthma and Brain disorder.
  • However there are many entities other than MSG contributing to the disorders and sickness mentioned above, it would be unwise to MSG responsible for everything, as there are no conclusive evidence for MSG to be held responsible.


Agency Name: National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC).
Type of Agency: Public Administrative Agency (Quasi-Judicial Commission)
Founded: 1988.
Headoffice: New Delhi, India.
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