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Thank you for contacting us regarding MAGGI in India. We have read your petition and appreciate receiving your feedback. As you have noted, we have already issued a withdrawal of MAGGI noodles from the market in India due to an environment of confusion for consumers and while we work with the authorities to clarify the situation.
We agree that India is a nation of MAGGI lovers and the trust of you, our consumers, is extremely important to us. Our highest priority is the safety and quality of our products, which undergo rigorous testing before being allowed on the market. Please rest assured that in India we have the same stringent safety policies as everywhere else in the world.
Nestlé India have conducted tests on around 1,000 samples of MAGGI in our own laboratories and asked an independent lab to assess a further 600 product samples – representing a total of 125 million packets of noodles. These tests found that lead levels were well within food safety limits specified by Indian authorities.
We do not add MSG to MAGGI noodles in India, however the product contains glutamate from hydrolysed groundnut protein, onion powder and wheat flour. Glutamate produces a positive result in a test for MSG.
For now, MAGGI has been withdrawn from the market. We are working hard to resolve this situation and aim to have your favourite noodles back on shelves as soon as possible.
For more information, please see this dedicated page: http://bit.ly/1Jk5Moz
Thank you for taking the time to contact us. We appreciate your trust and will do all we can to keep it.
The Nestlé India teamRead more
8 years ago
Nestlé, PepsiCo, Narendra Modi, Jeff Bezos, Devendra Fadnavis, Ramon laguarta, James Quincey
We all know that uncontrolled use of plastic is a disaster from a health and environmental perspective and is a serious challenge to us, our future generations and all life on the planet. Poor and developing countries and poorest of poor are the biggest victims. Yes but dont forget eventually the monster of unsustainable living will devour everyone here.
While we are banning plastic bags which are used by small vegetables vendors and shop keepers, the big companies are having a free run and continue to propogate the unmitigated disaster. Their tall claims and talk on sustainability and being purpose driven not withstanding- which in that case becomes quite meaningless and merely a PR exercise or action taken when really forced to.
Humans dont need those plastic water bottles like Bisleri, Aquafina, Pure Life, Evian, Kinley etc. It is causing far more harm than good. We must find better ways of delivering clean water.
We dont need those plastic lined packs used to pack 50 grams of chips which are harmful, unhealthy and exorbitantly priced.
We dont need those supari, chutki, cadbury, manikchand etc in small plastic pouches.
Companies like Amazon are using huge amounts of plastic to deliver their products. Even when I used plastic bags I never used the kind of single use plastic and thermocol etc. It 10 times or much more !!
Just about 15 years ago we didnt buy our daals and rice in plastic bags and we didnt have all the stuff packed in huge amounts of plastic. We wont die if we dont do that today but we will certainly kill ourselves and the planet if we dont act fast ! A bit of inconvenience (if at all) is a tiny price to save our environment. Else we face an unmitigated disaster and unthinkable misery to humans and all life forms.
We must pass laws to make sure
1. In a short span time they move to sustainable packaging and maximum recycling.
- It is perfectly fine if we dont get 50 grams of potato sold as unhealthy chips sold at extortionate kind of prices
- It will be great if we get rid of those plastic bottles use to pack those extremely unhealthy soft drinks.
- Companies like Amazon must find better ways of delivering products else the world is better of without them. The world doesnt need Amazon, Amazon needs the world !Read more
Nestle wants to renew a permit bought from Seven Springs. Up till now about .2 million/gallons a day is what has been extracted from the facility near Ginnie Springs however the permit already allows up to 1.2 - 1.7 million gallons a day. Now Nestle bought Seven Springs bottling plant and will be seeking renewal.
Resist this permit until we see a financial projection of how much they will need daily as well as a risk assessment of our wetlands or over all health of the state aquifers which supports their volume requests. A large corporation may possibly push the limits of this permit or violate the permit altogether as they have in Tampa, FL and California. We need to slow them down and keep them accountable!
Potential risks include:
Deterioration of water quality, lowering the water table reducing residential well water supplies, reduction of water to other streams and lakes in the state, destruction of ecosystems and wetlands, loss of support below soils creating sink holes.
Although Nestle will pay Seven Springs for the water they bottle at the Ginnie Springs plant the city or state do not benefit from the water sales. They gain all profits, we lose our ecosystems, well supplies and local watering hole without any financial gain to the state.
edited :8-12-19 for accuracy based on new information obtained since petition was created.Read more
Amanda SappGainesville, FL, United States
PT. Agro Kati Lama, SIPEF Group, Nestlé, Pemerintah Kabupaten Musi Rawas, Disnaker Kab. Musi Rawas, Kementerian Ketenagakerjaan Republik Indonesia
[English version below: Plantation workers work without job security and health protection. Improve working conditions at PT. AKL now!]
Endang (35 tahun) telah bekerja selama lebih dari enam tahun di perkebunan sawit milik PT. Agro Kati Lama (AKL). Sehari-harinya, ia bekerja memangkas rerumputan liar (weeding), menebar pupuk (manuring), dan pekerjaan perawatan lainnya, termasuk menyemprot racun herbisida (spraying) di sekitaran batang pohon kelapa sawit.
Bertahun-tahun bekerja, kesejahteraan hidup buruh itu dan keluarganya tidak beranjak naik—kontras dengan janji industri sawit meningkatkan kesejahteraan warga.
Ia bekerja tanpa kepastian. Ia dipekerjakan sebagai buruh harian lepas (BHL), paling banyak ia bekerja hanya selama kurang dari 15 hari dalam sebulan. Karena statusnya sebagai harian lepas, maka gaji yang diterima sangat bergantung dari berapa hari ia bekerja.
“Paling besar saya mendapat gaji sebanyak Rp. 1.600.000. Tapi jarang sekali. Biasanya sekitar Rp. 1.400.000,” katanya.
Selain mempekerjakan buruh harian lepas selama bertahun-tahun, perusahaan juga tidak memberikan perlindungan kesehatan dan keselamatan kerja (K3) dengan efektif.
Perempuan itu biasa bekerja menyemprot racun herbisida hanya menggunakan masker kain. Masker ala kadarnya itu pun baru didapat setelah ia mendesak mandor atau asisten kebun.
Pada tahun 2014, Endang mengalami kecelakaan kerja. Racun herbisida tidak sengaja tersemprot dari pompa sprayer ke wajahnya hingga masuk ke mulut. “Dampaknya saya muntah-muntah, kepala pusing, dan badan lemas,” ujarnya mengingat pengalaman buruk tersebut.
Namun, menurut Endang tidak ada kompensasi apapun yang diberikan oleh perusahaan selain satu kaleng susu cair. Ia harus membayar sendiri biaya berobat di puskesmas.
Saat ini ia menjadi tulang punggung keluarga. Suaminya, (37 tahun) saat ini tidak dipekerjakan kembali oleh perusahaan. Perusahaan beralasan suaminya tidak dipekerjakan kembali lantaran kontraknya sudah habis. Padahal suaminya telah mencurahkan tenaganya untuk PT. AKL selama bertahun-tahun.
Sementara itu, Astuti (45 tahun) mengeluhkan buruknya standar K3 di tempat kerjanya. Astuti mengeluhkan iritasi mata dan kulit yang sering dialami setiap kali Ia bekerja menaburkan pupuk. “Kalau debu pupuk kena mata dan tangan, itu perih sekali,” kata Astuti.
Endang dan Astuti adalah dua dari 900 lebih pekerja berstatus BHL di perkebunan sawit milik PT. Agro Kati Lama (AKL)—yang berlokasi di Musi Rawas, Sumatera Selatan—yang mengalami kondisi serupa. Mereka bekerja tanpa perjanjian kerja tertulis dengan perusahaan dan, alih-alih, direkrut melalui perusahaan sub-kontraktor atau yayasan alih daya.
Ada banyak sekali pelanggaran aturan ketenagakerjaan dalam UU Ketenagakerjaan No. 13 tahun 2003 yang terjadi di perkebunan PT. AKL (lebih lengkapnya bisa baca di sini), mulai dari status dan hubungan kerja yang tidak pasti, upah yang tidak manusiawi, serta buruknya standar K3.
Usaha untuk meminta perbaikan kondisi kerja sudah ditempuh. Serikat buruh independen di perusahaan, Serikat Buruh Sawit Sejahtera (SBB) telah berupaya melakukan sejumlah audiensi dengan pihak perusahaan, namun tidak ada perubahan yang berarti.
Induk perusahaan, SIPEF Group telah beberapa kali menerima surat protes kami. Namun dari tiga kali balasan surat yang kami terima, perusahaan yang bermarkas di Belgia ini selalu mengelak dari fakta pelanggaran yang ditemukan di lapangan, dan menganggap praktek ketenagakerjaan yang diterapkan telah mematuhi UU Ketenagakerjaan.
Kami menuntut agar PT. AKL, serta induk perusahaannya SIPEF Group agar memenuhi tanggung jawabnya memberikan pekerjaan yang layak dan aman. Hal yang terutama adalah memberikan kepastian kerja dengan mengangkat seluruh pekerja BHL dan kontrak menjadi pekerja tetap/ permanen.
Dukung petisi ini, mari kita sama-sama ikut menyuarakan ketidakadilan yang dialami oleh saudara-saudara kita buruh PT. AKL, dan mendesak agar perusahaan segera memperbaiki kesalahannya secara transparan.
Endang (35 years) has been working for more than six years in palm oil plantation owned by PT. Agro Kati Lama (AKL) Every day, she works to cut weeds, apply fertilizers, and other plant-care work, including spraying toxic herbicide around the trunks of palm oil trees.
After years of work, Endang and family’s welfare have never actually improved—in contrast to the promise of the palm oil industry in bringing prosperity for local community.
Endang works in uncertainty. She is employed as ‘buruh harian lepas’ (daily-paid casual workers), where she works only for less than 15 days a month at most. Because of her casual status, her income will always depend on how many days she works in the given month.
"At most, I earn IDR 1,600,000 (USD 111). But that is a rare occasion. Usually I only earn around IDR 1,400,000 (USD 97)," she said.
The company does not only employ casual workers for years continuously, but also ignore effective occupational health and safety (OSH) standards at the workplace.
When spraying the chemical, Endang usually only wears a plain cloth mask. This simple mask will be provided only if Endang keeps demanding her supervisor or field assistant.
In 2014, she had a work accident. One kind of herbicide was accidentally spurted from the knapsack nozzle to her face and accidentally swallowed. “I kept vomiting, my head felt dizzy and I felt weak,” said Endang while recalling her terrible experience.
However, according to Endang, the company provided no compensation other than a can of milk. Endang had to pay for her own treatment at the local clinic.
Currently, Endang has become the backbone of her family. Her husband (37 years) is not employed anymore by the company. The company said that her husband was not employed because his contract period has finished—despite the fact that he had been working for many years.
Meanwhile, Astuti (45 years) complained about the poor OSH standards at her workplace. She complained of often having eye and skin irritation whenever she returned after applying fertilizers. “Our eyes and hands feel sore if the fertilizer dust is exposed to us,” Astuti said.
Endang and Astuti are two of more than 900 casual workers in the palm oil plantations owned by PT. Agro Kati Lama (AKL)—which is located in Musi Rawas, South Sumatera—who also experience the similar conditions. Workers are working without a written contract and, instead, hired through the labour outsourcing agency.
There are many violations of labour rights as stipulated in the Indonesian Labor Law (Act 13 of 2003) found in the AKL plantation (refer to this link for a more detailed information), from the uncertain employment status and relationship, meagre wages, and poor OSH standards.
There are some efforts to demand improvements on the working conditions. The existing independent union, Serikat Buruh Sawit Sejahtera (SBSS) has also tried to open a dialogue with the company, but to no avail.
The holding company, SIPEF Group has received our complaint letters several times. However, from the three times of correspondence, the company—which locates its headquarters in Belgium—tends to deny every allegation based on the fact-finding results. The company also claims that they have complied with the labor law.
We demand the PT. AKL, and its holding company, to fulfill their responsibility in providing safe and decent work. Among the important things is to provide job security by promoting every casual and contract worker to permanent status.
Let us support this petition. We shall voice out the injustice experienced by our fellow AKL workers. We urge the company to immediately and transparently improve the working conditions.
Jaringan Solidaritas Transnasional Buruh Kelapa Sawit/ Transnational Palm Oil Labour Solidarity (TPOLS) Network.Read more
Every DiGiorno pizza comes with a slice of cruelty.
A breaking Mercy For Animals investigation reveals sadistic animal abuse at Wisconsin-based Wiese Brothers Farms—a major DiGiorno pizza cheese supplier.
MFA’s hidden-camera footage reveals:
- Workers viciously kicking, beating, and violently whipping cows in the face and body
- Sick or injured cows suffering from open wounds, infections and injuries left to suffer without proper veterinary care
- Workers dragging cows by their fragile legs and necks using chains attached to a tractor
- Filthy conditions, including feces-covered floors that cause cows to regularly slip, fall and injure themselves
- Baby calves being dragged away from their mother immediately after birth and having their tails docked without any painkillers
Unfortunately, these abuses are merely a sample of the ongoing cruelty and violence documented at this DiGiorno cheese supplier.
Due to the company’s complete lack of oversight and meaningful animal welfare standards, DiGiorno is responsible for the culture of cruelty and neglect festering at this dairy factory farm.
No socially responsible corporation should support dairy operations that beat, kick, mutilate, drag and neglect animals. DiGiorno must take immediate action to prevent further abuse by its suppliers.
DiGiorno has the power and the ethical responsibility to help end some of the worst forms of animal cruelty in the dairy industry.
Please join Mercy For Animals in calling on DiGiorno to immediately implement meaningful animal protection guidelines for all dairy suppliers, including zero tolerance for animal abuse, care for “downers,” and an end to mutilations without painkillers.
Thank you.Read more
Mercy For AnimalsWest Hollywood, CA, United States
Nestlé, Paul Bulcke, Nestlé India Ltd., Jagat Prakash Nadda
We are a nation of #Maggi lovers!
I was shocked to know that high levels of MSG and lead were found in Maggi. Apparently the levels of lead were seven times more than what is allowed.
I am speechless and outraged because too much MSG and lead causes severe health problems!
I cannot see our children and youth face the scenario of being afflicted with learning difficulties, vomiting, headache, nausea and breathing problems.
Nestle needs to become responsible to its customers and cannot sell substandard products. When Lucknow Food Safety and Drug Administration (FDA) found lead and MSG, I was horrified. Maggi is poisoning our generation and Nestle needs to take action immediately!
Sign my petition and ask Nestle to recall Maggi from the market! We want Maggi that does not make us sick.
In the past, Nestle has recalled Häagen-Dazs Chocolate Chip Ice Cream in USA, Kit Kat chunky peanut butter bars, Kit Kat chunky hazelnut bars, Kit Kat chunky choc fudge bars, Kit Kat chunky caramel bars, Kit Kat chunky hazelnut multipack, Kit Kat chunky collection giant egg; all from UK, Germany, Switzerland, Malta, Austria, Singapore, the Philippines and Canada.Nestle can do this for Maggi as well. If thousands of customers demand Nestle to recall Maggi, they will have to rise above profiteering and prove that it values the lives of its Indian customers!They have recalled products in developed countries before. Nestle can not sell substandard products in India either!Sign my petition and share it with your friends.Let’s hold Nestle accountable and make Maggi MSG and lead free!Read more
Palm oil is found in the majority of items we encounter on an everyday basis. We use these items without the knowledge of the consequences they impose on the environment and our ecosystem. To understand how often we use these products we need to know what palm oil is found in. Some products that we use on a daily basis that contain palm oil include bread, makeup, shampoo, chocolate and much more. The cost of palm oil brings high profits to large corporations, some of which include: Starbucks, McDonalds, Dunkin Donuts, Subway, and many more. Nestlé is one of the largest users of palm oil because of their products that have a high concentration of palm oil such as their special chocolate, candy, and different self-care and pet-care products. The high profits that are being collected by companies cause ignorance toward a problem of extinction of orangutans. Suffering of the forest and death the of orangutans are being ignored. The fires that are burning down forests are releasing CO2 into the environment which has a negative effect on all living things. Palm oil obviously has a negative effect in multiple areas, therefore, we must REMOVE PALM OIL FROM PRODUCTS.
Indonesia’s forests are currently under destruction by these specific palm oil companies. According to Abrahm Lustgarten, a writer for The New York Times, “The fastest method was to rip out the forests with excavators and torch what remained. In 2015, the fires spread out of control. Kalimantan — and most of Indonesia, for that matter — was overwhelmed by billowing clouds of smoke and ash, visible from hundreds of miles away.” The fires that are burning the forests down are causing the deaths of many animals that inhabit the area. This is a major wildlife crisis that we need to end. According to Ceren Senkul, a news reporter for Sky News reveals, “the mass production of palm oil is linked to deforestation, habitat loss, climate change and animal cruelty.” Orangutans are being displaced, away from their families. These voiceless and confused animals are being cleared from their homes and their food supply. Unfortunately, with the continuation of these palm oil companies invading the homes of the orangutans, we will not have these friendly creatures in our ecosystem. Orangutans have the ability to eat the fruit on the trees and then disperse the seeds. This specific behavior preserves and continues the growth of forests in Indonesia. Without the orangutans, the balance in the ecosystem will be bothered.
The fires are releasing CO2 into the air which is causing global warming to occur faster; resulting in the decline of our ecosystem. According to Jay Michaelson, a writer for Blood and Palm oil, “each day in Indonesia, forest fires release as much carbon dioxide as the entire United States. The fires have been burning since July, thanks to a combination of slash-and-burn land clearing, flammable peat soil, and El Niño.” Although these fires are not occurring in our own backyards, we will soon experience the currently unseen effects. The CO2 that is released from the fires cause a more severe impact to the environment; a potential greater effect than greenhouse gases that we are currently experiencing. The effects of what are occurring right now will soon add up and cause illnesses like heart disease, lung diseases, and asthma, among the families in Indonesia. Currently, we are unable to capture the long term effects that will occur among the entire world.
There is a much needed solution to this ongoing problem that has recently captured the eyes of the media. Senkel claims, “No. Palm oil can be grown without destroying rainforests, so if you opt for products which contain sustainable palm oil there is no need to boycott anything, just alter your choices.” The choice is yours; we can stop the production of palm oil. We can stand up for the animals and call for a safer choice to substitute for palm oil. The choice and power is in our hands.
91% of the plastic we use is not recycled. As the result, huge amount of plastic waste is produced, which very often ends up in forests, rivers, lakes and oceans, harming the environment. We would like to put a stop to it.
Most of the bottles produced nowadays are recyclable. However, among the biggest beverage producers, less than 7% of the new bottles are produced from recycled plastic. We believe one of the most important reasons for that, is the lack of recycling infrastructure, especially in the developing countries. People living in such countries, very often live long distances away from the nearest recycling centers, which makes it almost impossible for them to recycle used bottles. As the result, huge share of the plastic bottles does not have a chance to return to the bottle producers, who thus are not able to produce new bottles from the old, recyclable ones.
We would like to promote a solution to that problem. It is enough, that the beverage producers start using plastic bottles which are more easily recyclable, such as the ones proposed by the "Team Bottle Squad". By designing a bottle which is much easier to smash and store, it would be much easier for people in developing countries to transport such bottles to the recycling centers. Read more
Jacek RzepnyMikkeli, Finland
General Mills, Kellogg, Coca-Cola, Mars, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Amazon.com, eBay, Walmart, DuPont, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Walgreens, NIKE, Adidas, Dean Foods, Dole Food, Land O'Lakes, Kroge...
Plastic is the number one trash problem we have been faced with in our generation. It is in our oceans, landfills, lakes, it blows around our land and is being found in almost all living creatures. It is nearly impossible to go shopping and not buy plastic of some sort. It is time for things to change on a corporate level, it is time for companies to start switching over to other alternatives. There is technology that exists that give us alternatives and it is time for these large companies to start utilizing these technologies. In signing this petition you are making a stand to demand that companies find new solutions and stop being part of the problem. You are also stating that you yourself are going to look for alternatives to plastic and try to work toward a solution as well. We are all affected by the over use of plastic in our world.
In a study commissioned by data journalism outlet Orb, 83% of tap water samples collected from over a dozen countries on five continents tested positive for microplastic. In a US study they found microplastic in 94% of tap water.
There are about 300 million tons of plastic produced annually. There are studies that are researching the effect on marine life and birds like this one, Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. They said "So much plastic trash is flowing into the oceans that 90 percent of seabirds eat it now and virtually every one will be consuming it by 2050." In 1960 plastic was found in only 5% of birds. During this study the plastic found inside birds includes bags, bottle caps, synthetic fibers from clothing, and tiny rice-sized bits that have been broken down by the sun and waves.
Tipa is an Israeli company that produce plastic alternative packaging. Nature works a company in Nebraska creates a plastic alternative made from corn. Biome Bioplastics is one of the UK’s leading developers of natural plastics.
We are demanding change! Big companies, its time to get on board and ditch the plastic!
keila theisswhite city, OR, United States
Joseph R. Sivewright, Purina, Nestle Purina PetCare, Nestlé
There are thousands of complaints about tainted Friskies wet cat food online (batch#s 1157, 1159, 1161) injuring and even killing people's kitties. 1 or even 100 complaints could be chalked up to coincidence, but there are significantly more than that and the number is growing every day. Purina refuses to accept blame or recall the contaminated batches. Meanwhile, more people are purchasing and feeding their cats the contaminated food. A recall needs to be in place to make people aware of the issue and remove the tainted product from circulation! Read more
We lose 25 orangutans every day.
Their forest homes are destroyed to clear the way for palm oil – an ingredient used to make products for brands like Colgate-Palmolive and Nestlé.
These companies must clean up their act to make sure that their products aren’t made at the expense of orangutans’ habitat.
Please sign this petition to save the poor orangutans that need us.Read more