Tuesday, November 11, 2008

two minute noodle scandal!!!!

I love my two minute noodles even though they're bad for me.
So does Neina-Marie, but, being a great GATE student, she investigated by going straight to the horses mouth!
Here is her post from her blog on what happened....
http://www.nestle.com.au/Products/MSI/Maggi/MAGGI_2_Minute_Noodles.htm

Maggi Noodles - are my curry-flavoured treats harming Orangutans?

Yum... once a weekend, I have 2-minute-noodles for breakfast. Unhealthy, I know, but tasty! However, mulling over the fact that these were listed in the "Use Palm Oil" category, I looked at the ingreidents. It did say quite clearly vegetable oil, but that just means it could use palm oil. The packet did not clearly state that it used PALM OIL. Vegetable oil, as I have now found, is just NOT GOOD ENOUGH.
So, contacting them from their website (http://www.nestle.co.nz/) I gave them a little email, which went something like this:
Dear Nestle,
I really enjoy Maggi Noodles, but would also like to know what you stick in 'em. You say you use Vege' oil. Is that oil Palm Oil? If so, can you please clearly state it on your packet? And is it from a sustainable source?
Here is the reply, fresh from my inbox:

Hi Neina-Marie,
Thank you for contacting us regarding the vegetable oil used in our MAGGI Extra Delicious 2 Minute Noodles.
All the noodles contain Palm Oil and this is listed on the ingredients panel of all our packaging (bar one which is the single chicken varient and this will be changed in the future).
Nestle does not use crude palm oil but rather buys products derived from crude palm oil from reputable manufacturers. About 95% of this oil comes from suppliers who are members of the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) and who therefore have a declared commitment to sustainable sourcing. Indonesia and Malaysia produce 85% of the world supply and Nestle agronomists in these countries world with suppliers to encourage suatainable practices.
We trust this information is of assistance.

Sincerely,

Consumer Services Executive

WOW! I asked my mine of information (Dad), and he gave me SHOCKING news. One variety doesn't mention it uses vegetable oil! And, the oil they get... it's too hard to explain. You read it for yourself. All I have to say is...
IT'S STILL NOT GOOD ENOUGH!

20 comments:

Aquagirl said...

Wow Neina great information
I agree its not good enough what people put on food packets. One thing i have noticed is that vege oil is used in alot of things I even use it.

**KERLI** said...

WOW!! Thats horrible.

HamilTRON said...

Wow! I think that big companies hide the truth of what they really put into their products. Or if they do put the truth on ads it is in really small text. I think that it all comes down to advertising and packaging. I think that companies do this because they don't want to loose profit.

HamilTRON

Aquagirl said...

I think that as well hamltron and some times they even lie about their products like Ribena who said that their product had three times the amount of vitamin C of an oranges when really Ribena doesn't and that was fond out by two girl who were doing a sciene prodject.

gnome said...

OMG!!!!The information about ingredients they provide on packaging (as aquagirl already stated)is not good enough, and something has to change and did you know that advertisement watchdog has banned Nestle ads suggesting that the 2 minute noodles were actually good for you!
You can learn more at:
http://www.brandrepublic.com/News/855524/Nepali-TV-ads-banned-outrageous-health-claims/

gnome said...

P.S Hamiltron you spelled loose wrong its actually supposed to be lose

Aquagirl said...

These days big companies will say anthing in advertisments to get you to buy their products.

:-(

HamilTRON said...

I think that it is quite disapointing that McDonalds and other fast food companies promote the disposal of their rubbish is in the bin and they actually put the rubbish sign really small so that people can see it, they are just making the product it self shine out from the other information. I think that it distracts the customer of what is really in their burger or fries. I think that companies should enlarge their rubbish logo's. What about you?

HamilTRON

Envir08 said...

I dont like them so i do my part

Envir08 said...

oh by the way im logon

Kitty Milo said...

HEY HEY HEY!!! mr woody you forgot to mention ME who actually told you that !!! When you had noodles for lunch I told you that! and imafish/tweedledumplum told me!!!
But great work neina- marie!
thats really interesting. i might give them an email myself!
BYE!

Roo said...

Hmmmm...

That is very interesting.

Kitty Milo said...

yes,it is

Gaboose said...
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Nei-Nei Neina-Marie said...

I'm not really sure the horsey was too happy about me sticking my head in it's mouth. I'm not a dentist, you know.

mech boy said...

Hamiltron, I don't think your comment makes much sense.
I found something kind of of intersting on the net.
This is what Maggi say about their new noodles "An extra sachet which contains real dehydrated veggies inside!"
Why do they have to say real?
That shows how little faith they have in the consumer.
Having "real" dehydrated veggies should be a given.

Snowy said...

Wow!!! great stuff Neina

mudpies02 said...

That's so cool!! Just a question (On behalf of Mrs Freeman!!) If 95% of their oil comes from suppliers who are members of the RSPO, what about the other 5%??? Hmmm?

MrWoody said...

well done, Muddy - a great question and well done for asking it on Mrs Freeman's behalf.
I would also like to investigate who these supposedly reputable organisations are ...

:-)

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