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Bombay HC suggests new tests for Maggi Noodles

Bombay HC suggests new tests for Maggi Noodles - Nestle India, the manufacturer of Maggi instant noodles, has decided to go for an independent lab testing of the product given that the tests are carried out in the presence of a reputed scientist.

While hearing Nestle's petition against the June 5 order of Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) banning nine variants of Maggi, the division bench of Justices V M Kanade and B P Colabawala of the Bombay High Court had asked if the company was ready for fresh independent tests.

Nestle's lawyer Iqbal Chhagla said the company decided to go for the tests but they should be held in the presence of a renowned scientist and the samples available with the company should be used.

The Nestle lawyer purported that FSSAI and FDA had not adhered to the principles of natural Justice by not giving a hearing to the company before Maggi was banned for containing lead beyond the permissible limit. Also, only three variants were tested, but the regulators banned all nine variants of Maggi. Chhagla further said that there was no merit in the allegation of FSSAI about the company destroying evidence by burning Maggi stock.