Nestle Gets SC Nod To Destroy 550 Tonnes of Old Stock


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday allowed Nestle India to destroy 550 tonnes of its famous Maggi noodles that have outlived their shelf life across different places in India.

The Food regulator Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) did not oppose Nestle’s plea. The noodles will be destroyed as per the prescribed procedures of the food regulator.

Nestle India had sought the Supreme Court’s nod for destroying 550 tonnes of Maggi noodles which were recalled from the markets last year after reports that it contained lead beyond the permissible limit.

In its plea, Nestle said the storage of such huge quantity of the noodles at 39 locations across the country may lead to health hazard.

It said over 38,000 tonnes of Maggi Noodles have been destroyed till September 1, 2015 at incinerators of the notified cement plants, keeping in view the environmental requirements and by following a procedure agreed between it and the FSSAI.

On April 5, a Mysore-based government laboratory had given its test report on Maggi noodles in a sealed cover to the apex court. On January 13, the apex court had asked the Mysore lab to clarify whether the test reports relating to lead and glutamic acid in Maggi noodles were within permissible parameters under the law.

Meanwhile, in August this year, the Swiss fast moving consumer goods major also launched new variants in its Maggi Noodles portfolio and re-launched cup noodles.