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Lessons For Bakeries From Maggi Fiasco

Maggi  fiasco  has been eye opener  for  food operators  who have been taking lightly the powers /provisions  of  food regulator and law.

Bakeries must  take lessons from  entire  episode where  Nestle  has to  make loss worth  Rs 400 crore on product  recall , worth thousand of rupees on  destroying  these recalled packs . Not to mention the sale  loss and  worst  the consumer trust .

Nestle was  found to be violating  two  critical laws
1. Misleading  Labelling - No MSG
   Harmful  impact of  Mono sodium Glumate  it might  result  into Headache , Sweating , Numbness, Nausea   etc 

2.  Excess of  Lead presence in the Maggi
 Excess lead  consumption might  result into  decreased growth of  muscle  and bones . Lead  also          hamper  child brain development

Bakeries to  take note  of following


Manufacturer /Producer
Nestle  is this case  has  shown slow response  to the  reports coming out with  different  corners of the country were  samples  were  checked and  MSD  and Lead  presence  were confirmed above  permissible limits .
Over confidence over  its own  lab and  test procedures has let them down  .
Its surprising that  the  systems adopted  by Food operators  needs to be  validated by third party/Independent  authorities in time to time
Interpretation of laws  in their own way . Nestle  claim to that noodles  and  masala maker  are   one complete  set  was erroneous

Its  surprising that for  last 30 years   the govt labs /officials 
has never  warned or issues warning to Nestle  on MSD  or Lead presence  over the permissible  levels
Before banning the Maggi  govt officials  should have given chance to company  to  show case its  defence  for the violations
Banning  entire products  from  production in arbitary would have not stood   the courts  of the land 
Establishing  Labs  for  tests and validation which need to be created near  vicinity  of production /manufacturers  areas .

Consumers  need to be alert on their favorite  food products  especially the packaged food on following front.
More  care  need to be taken for products meant  for Kids and Children .
Critical aspects on Food labels
Shelf life
Taste /Odour
Dangerous ingredients - eg Lead

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