Nestle Moves High Court Against Maggi Ban


Mumbai: Nestle India on Thursday approached the Bombay high court against food safety regulator FSSAI’s ban on Maggi noodles. In its petition, Nestle India has sought judicial review of FSSAI’s order banning Maggi noodles in India. The court had decided to hear  Nestle’s plea over FSSAI’s ban on Maggi noodles on Friday.

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued an order on June 5 banning all variants of Nestle India’s Maggi noodles terming them as “unsafe and hazardous” for human consumption.

Nestle India recalled Maggi from the markets after several states banned the famous ‘2-minute’ instant food brand as tests showed that it contained taste enhancer MSG (Mono Sodium Glutamate) and lead in excess of the permissible limits.

Last week, Nestle global CEO Paul Bulcke said Maggi is safe for consumption, but the company is withdrawing the product, banned in nearly a dozen states, from Indian market due to “unfounded confusions” that has affected the consumer trust.

Maggi is estimated to contribute 20-25 per cent in Nestle’s total sales, and its monthly sales are estimated to be around Rs 200 crore.