For all Maggi lovers, here comes the good news. The Bombay High Court on Thursday ordered that fresh samples should be analysed within six weeks and if tests prove that the lead content in the product is within permissible limit, Nestle India can resume manufacturing, reports Indian Express.
The bench consisting of Justices VM Kanade and BP Colabawalla remarked:
India’s food regulator had acted in an “arbitrary” fashion when it banned the nine variants of the popular noodle variety manufactured by food giant Nestle India. Even though it’s 2-minute noodles, it took us a lot of time.
The bench set aside the June 5 order of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). The court observed:
Principles of natural justice were not followed while passing the ban order. FSSAI should test five samples of the product in three labs accredited by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL).
Earlier, the food regulator had asked Nestle India to withdraw all nine variants of Maggi instant noodles from the market terming them “unsafe and hazardous” for human consumption. The company has also been accused of misleading the customers by mentioning “no added MSG” on its packets.
However, Nestle India has argued that before asking them to ban the product, there ought to have been a mention of injury or risk to health by the company. The company claimed it has been operating in India for 30 years, in addition to having a worldwide reach.