Nestle Maggi pulled from Indian capital shops

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NEW DELHI: The Delhi government issued a 15-day ban on Nestle’s famous Maggi noodles after reports that the popular snacks contained high levels of lead then permitted.

The announcement was made on Wednesday about two weeks after initial concerns about Maggi noodles were raised in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

India’s food minister Ram Vilas Paswan told reporters that he ordered nationwide testing of the packaged noodles.

Maggi is a big seller for Nestle in India, with annual sales of about 15bn rupees ($235m; £149m).

The report of tests in Delhi showed that 10 out of 13 samples contained lead beyond the permissible limit.