Nestle has filed a petition in the Bombay High Court against an order passed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Maharashtra and an order issued by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) banning the sale, production and distribution of Maggi Noodles.
"The FSSAI order is based solely on the test report and not on any risk assessment, communication or risk management and findings of lead being in excess is devoid of merits," said a person aware of the document's contents (as reported by a popular daily).
On 5th June, FSSAI asked Nestle India to “Stop further production, processing, import, distribution and sale” of all nine variants of Maggi with immediate effect as they had been found unsafe for human consumption. The FSSAI has outlined three violations in the report: the presence of lead in excess; misleading labelling on the package that read ‘No added MSG’ (Monosodium Glutamate) and the release of a non-standardized product in the market, Maggi Oats Masala Noodles, without prior assessment and grant of product approval.
While Nestle India has cited this order as arbitrary, they’ve made it clear that the High court petition will not interfere with product recall. The company is seeking court intervention only because the FSSAI’s and FDA Maharashtra’s decision was not in tandem with the Food Safety & Standards Act of 2011.
A few weeks ago, Nestle’s Global CEO Paul Bulcke addressed the media and declared that Maggi noodles are ‘safe for consumption and we have the same quality standards everywhere in the world.’ He said that around 1,000 batches of Maggi noodles were tested in their own laboratories and lead was found to be within permissible limits. Paul Bulcke questioned the testing methods of government labs and said that they’d investigate why the differences in tests have cropped up.
Here's a look at what happened at today's hearing:
1. High Court directs Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and Maharashtra government to file affidavits within 2 weeks on Nestle petition.
No relief for Nestle India, Bombay High Court refuses to stay ban on Maggi noodles.