Nestle India Ltd has taken issue with an order from regional food inspectors in Uttar Pradesh to recall a batch of Maggi noodles on the grounds that it contained dangerous levels of lead.
"The company does not agree with the order and is filing the requisite representations with the authorities," it said in a statement on Thursday.
The Food Safety and Drug Administration (FDA) in Uttar Pradesh said high lead content was found during routine tests on two dozen packets of instant noodles, manufactured by Nestle India, a subsidiary of Swiss-based Nestle SA.
Local FDA officials said all the packets of instant noodles tested in the state-run laboratory were contaminated.
"As a precautionary measure, the UP FDA has picked up samples of three-four more batches in April this year for testing after the previous report came. The lab test results of those batches are still awaited," Barbanki district food officer V.K. Pandey said.
He said the earlier tests by the UP FDA found that the levels of the chemicals were higher than permitted.
What the company had claimed about the absence of MSG in Maggi has found to be incorrect in the test, Pandey said.
On lead content, he said, "It has been established in the report that it is beyond the tolerance level of 2.5 parts per million (ppm). It is 17.2 ppm."
He said it was on the basis of the test report that Maggi was declared "unsafe and injurious to health".
Nestle India said the batch of about 200,000 packets of noodles it was being asked to recall were made in February last year and had already reached their "best-before" date last November.
It said it collects stock nearing best-before dates from distributors and retailers and was confident products from that batch were no longer on the market.
Nestle India also said it had not received any other order to recall noodles currently being sold.