The Bombay High court has lifted the ban on the controversial Maggi noodles on Saturday, for a period of six weeks. The court has also clarified that it was conditional on Nestle conducting fresh tests in three labs at Hyderabad, Mohali and Jaipur. It was not made clear whether Maggi noodles were allowed to bring in it’s stocks instantly into the markets or only after the results of the tests.
The lift of the ban comes at a time where the Consumer affairs ministry has been considering to sue Nestle for a staggering Rs. 640 crores. The court commenting on the ban said that the principles of natural justice were not followed and that the laboratories in which the product was tested were not authorized.
On June 5, the Food Safety and Standards authority of India has ordered Nestle India to withdraw all the nine variants of the Maggi instant noodles from the markets, terming them as hazardous for human consumption. The ban showed an immediate impact over the profits of the Nestle, which reported losses for the first time in twenty years.
Nestle, during the hearing of the case argued that the FSSAI hasn’t served them any notice before serving a ban on their product. On the contrary, the FSSAI said that Nestle mislead the consumers by not mentioning on the labels that their product contains MSG. It also argued that the instant noodles contained more than permitted levels of lead and Monosodium Glutamate, the Huffingtonpost reports.