FSSAI to Challenge Bombay High Court’s Decision in Supreme Court over Lifting Ban on Maggi

Published By : 17 Nov 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has challenged the Bombay High Court’s decision of lifting the ban on Nestlé’s Maggi instant noodles. It has moved to the Supreme Court of India against the verdict. Maggi suffered a ban since June 2015 after the FSSAI reported an unsafe level of lead in some packets of the product.

In its petition, FSSAI has stated that the High Court did not appoint a neutral authority to pick up the samples of Maggi for the test, instead it allowed Nestlé to select samples on its own, violating the principles of ‘natural justice’. The regulator stressed on banning Maggi until a neutral agency chooses the samples to perform the test.

The Indian unit of Nestlé, the Swiss food giant, has been dealing with a massive public relations crisis since mid-2015. However, the company has always maintained that the Maggi is safe to eat and has continued its sales in other countries.

The firm has announced to put Maggie back in store shelves very soon as the government accredited laboratories have given a green signal to the company to start the sales again.

Nestlé had to suffer a loss of more than Rs. 320 Cr due to the ban on the Maggi. It had to recall around 84 million uneaten packets of the instant noodles. After finding the lead and MSG levels beyond the permissible limit, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India had also imposed a fine of Rs. 640 Cr. on Nestlé India.

The company has announced that it has restarted the production of Maggi at three Indian units, which have passed the laboratory tests.

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