A state government employee yesterday claimed that after being tested at a state-owned food testing laboratory, Nestle's pasta samples were found to be carrying lead beyond the permissible limits.

The pasta samples for test collected from Nestle distributor, Sriji Traders, here on June 10 were sent to the government food testing laboratory in Lucknow, said Arvind Yadav, Designated Officer at Food and Drug Administration Mau.

"According to report received on September 2, they failed the tests," the officer said.

"The report has been sent to the FDA Commissioner (Lucknow) on October 12 for sanction to register a case and in case it is received it will be filed in the court of the CJM here," Yadav said.

After the reports from government lab, Nestle India today said its products are safe to consume and it will work with the authorities to resolve the issue at the earliest.

While maintaining that it has not received any formal notification from the authorities in UP or from FSSAI about such results, the company said, "We will work with authorities to resolve the situation as quickly as possible."

"Maggi Pazzta is 100 percent safe. The finished product and the raw materials used to make it undergo rigorous testing during every stage of the manufacturing process. We have seen media reports claiming that lead has been found in the product and we are investigating. We regret the confusion that these reports may be causing. They are safe to consume," a Nestle India spokesperson said in the statement.

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