Maggi Noodles Controversy: FSSAI Reviewing Court's Order
Press Trust of India, edited by Sparshita Saxena | Updated: July 18, 2017 11:28 IST
Indian Food safety regulator FSSAI is reviewing Bombay High Court's order that quashed its order to ban Maggi. The food authority has not yet decided if it will challenge the order in Supreme Court. The Bombay High Court had on August 13 quashed the orders of FSSAI and Maharashtra FDA banning nine variants of Maggi noodles in the country.
The court had provided a conditional relief to the popular snack's manufacturer Nestle India as it ordered a fresh test of samples in three independent laboratories across India. "Nothing has been decided so far on approaching Supreme Court. As of now we are reviewing court's order," a senior FSSAI official said.
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According to the court, if the fresh tests show the lead content to be below permissible limit, then the company will be allowed to manufacture and sell Maggi noodles again in the country. When contacted, a health ministry official said, "We are studying the order and will go by the rule book." Following the court's order, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) Chairman Ashish Bahuguna had said "Supreme Court option is neither ruled in nor ruled out."(Priority is to Bring Back Maggi, Says Nestle India)
Mr. Bahuguna also said that if he finds that the court had not taken regulator's submissions only then will he think of going to Supreme Court. FSSAI and FDA in first week of June had ordered the recall
of Maggi noodles saying the samples of noodles tested by them contained 'lead beyond permissible limit'.
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