NEW DELHI (AP) - Nestle India says it has decided to take its popular brand of instant noodles off the shelves in the country after several Indian states banned it for containing unsafe levels of lead.

NEW DELHI (AP) Nestle India says it has decided to take its popular brand of instant noodles off the shelves in the country after several Indian states banned it for containing unsafe levels of lead.

The company in a statement Friday said the trust of its consumers and the safety of products was its first priority, but added "Maggi noodles are completely safe and have been trusted in India for over 30 years."

Several Indian states, including Uttrakhand, New Delhi, Gujarat and Jammu-Kashmir, have either ordered the withdrawal of Maggi noodles from shops or are carrying out further tests on samples before taking action in conjunction with the federal government.

The statement said the Maggi noodles would be back in the Indian market as soon as the current situation is clarified.