Maggi ban: Bombay HC likely to pronounce verdict today

The Bombay High Court on Thursday is likely to pronounce verdict on the ban of Maggi noodles after an appeal was filed by Nestle against central health watchdog Central health watchdog Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday is likely to pronounce verdict on the ban of Maggi noodles after an appeal was filed by Nestle against central health watchdog Central health watchdog Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

The Food and Drugs Administration of Maharashtra had told the Bombay High Court last month that Maggi noodles manufacturer Nestle India violated laws with the lead level in the popular instant snack being above the permissible limit.

The court was hearing a petition filed by Nestle against FSSAI's June 5 order banning nine variants of Maggi, and Maharashtra government's order prohibiting their sale.

FSSAI had directed Nestle India to withdraw nine variants of Maggi noodles found unsafe from the market and to stop the further production and sale of the same.

The order to Nestle states that the regulatory body has noted three 'major violations', namely the presence of lead detected in the product in excess of the maximum permissible levels; misleading labelling information on the package reading 'No added MSG'; and thirdly the release of a non-standardised food product 'Maggi Oats Masala Noodles with Tastemaker' in the market, without risk assessment and grant of product approval.

(With Agency Inputs)

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