Maggi is Back!
“Keep calm and eat Maggi”
In a world where the word ‘Maggi’ is synonymous with any kind of noodles, it’s only fair for it to have staunch followers. Maggi is one snack that has been there for us through thick and thin and during all those years of staying away from home. There has always been something so fully satisfying about putting a fork full of Maggi in your mouth and ecstatically slurping up the noodles. The versatility of Maggi noodles has made it an all-time favorite food, so to say that you can add different things to it and make an entirely new dish, every time.
It is solely because of all these reasons that the people of India were pretty appalled when the Maggi ban was announced. It was like a vital part of our lives was being taken away from us and all we could do is stare blankly while that happened.
In June 2015, the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) had tested several packets of Maggi and had found that the instant noodles brand had lead levels beyond permissible limits. This drove the entire country berserk and eventually samples from other states were collected and tested as well. The results were still the same. Owing to these apprehensions, they decided to ban Maggi in all the states of India and decided to conduct further tests in light of this issue. They ordered Nestle to take Maggi off the shelves and the entire country went into state of shock. This ban lead to a huge dent in the company’s reputation.
There was no Maggi every time you were famished at 1 A.M, or when the hostel mess served food that was deemed inedible, or just when you felt like eating Maggi in general. Maggi was gone and nobody knew if and when it was ever going to come back.
But recently, India saw new hope emerge when a few new samples of Maggi were manufactured by Nestle and sent for testing at various laboratories across India. The tests found the level of lead in these new samples to be within permissible levels and safe for consumption. Nestle also claimed that they had been operating in India for 30 years and had a global footprint. The Maggi ban was thus lifted, stating that national food regulator had acted in an arbitrary manner and not followed the principles of natural justice while banning the product.
I guess it’s now safe to say that the good news is coming soon. With the ban being lifted, Nestle will soon start producing our favorite Maggi noodles once again and things will finally go back to the way they were. We will finally be able to cater to our unanticipated midnight cravings. And now that it was gone for a while, we’ll be able to appreciate it even more when it’s back.
After all, absence makes the heart grow fonder, isn’t it?
“Good food could not be everywhere.