New Delhi, Jan 03, 2019 : Are Maggi noodles unsafe? This question has resurfaced as the Supreme Court on Thursday lifted a stay on criminal proceedings against Nestle over the alleged presence of lead and MSG in Maggi noodles, reopening a probe into the matter. The apex court had put a stay on the proceedings in a class-suit filed by the Centre against Swiss food giant Nestle regarding Maggi noodles, Yahoonews reported.
"Why should we eat noodles with lead and MSG or monosodium glutamate?" the top court asked, while allowing the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission or NCDRC to check samples of Maggi noodles. A bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud said the report of CFTRI in Mysore will form the basis for the fresh proceedings against Nestle. The Mysore lab report had concluded that the lead was within the permissible limits. Get Free Maggi Noodles by Returning 10 Empty Packets; Nestle India Launches ‘MAGGI Wrappers Return’ Initiative.
However, the Nestle had claimed that the lab was unable to identify if Monosodium glutamate occurred naturally or was added. The Consumer Affairs Ministry had approached the NCDRC alleging unfair trade practices, false labelling and misleading advertisements about Maggi noodles by Nestle under Section 12 (1)(d) of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986. The ministry had sought compensation of Rs 640 crore. Nestlé Launches Pink KitKat Chocolates Made From Ruby Cocoa Beans!.
The Supreme Court had then directed that the samples of Maggi noodles would be tested at the Central Food Technological Research Institute or the CFTRI in Mysore. Maggi was banned by FSSAI in June 2015 for allegedly containing lead beyond permissible limits, forcing Nestle India to withdraw the product from the market. The noodles were back in the market in November 2015 after the Supreme Court stayed the proceedings.