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Indian states order country's favorite Maggi noodles off shelves after tests show high lead

  • A basket filled with packaged food hangs with a ‘Maggi’ sign on it outside a shop in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Indian shopkeepers withdrew the popular brand of instant noodle from their shelves Wednesday after tests revealed the snack contained lead above permissible levels. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

    A basket filled with packaged food hangs with a ‘Maggi’ sign on it outside a shop in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Indian shopkeepers withdrew the popular brand of instant noodle from their shelves Wednesday after tests revealed the snack contained lead above permissible levels. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)  (The Associated Press)

  • Packets of Maggi noodles hang on display at a shop in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Indian shopkeepers withdrew the popular brand of instant noodle from their shelves Wednesday after tests revealed the snack contained lead above permissible levels. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

    Packets of Maggi noodles hang on display at a shop in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Indian shopkeepers withdrew the popular brand of instant noodle from their shelves Wednesday after tests revealed the snack contained lead above permissible levels. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)  (The Associated Press)

  • Packets of Maggi noodles hang on display at a shop in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Indian shopkeepers withdrew the popular brand of instant noodle from their shelves Wednesday after tests revealed the snack contained lead above permissible levels. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

    Packets of Maggi noodles hang on display at a shop in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Indian shopkeepers withdrew the popular brand of instant noodle from their shelves Wednesday after tests revealed the snack contained lead above permissible levels. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)  (The Associated Press)

Several of India's states ordered a popular brand of instant noodles removed from shelves after tests revealed the snack contained lead above permissible levels.

At least 10 Indian states have either ordered the withdrawal of the Maggi noodles from shops or ordered the testing of noodle samples, prior to taking action against its maker, Nestle India Limited.

Maggi sales have plunged since laboratory tests showed the noodles contained lead and the chemical flavor enhancer monosodium glutamate, or MSG, at levels higher than the legal minimum.

The Delhi government has decided to file a case against the company and was Wednesday meeting officials of Nestle India, a subsidiary of Swiss-based Nestle SA.

In a statement, Nestle India said the noodles were safe to eat and lead levels were well within limits.