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India bans production and sale of Nestle noodles

Tests by some states found excessively high lead levels

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India's food safety regulator on Friday banned the production and sale of Nestle's Maggi instant noodles after tests by some states found they contained excess lead.

A statement from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India said it was ordering Nestle India to "withdraw and recall all the nine approved variants of its Maggi Instant Noodles from the market... and stop further production".