Mumbai: Nestle India, one of the largest manufacturers of chocolate and also owns the brand Maggi noodles, has approached the Mumbai High court seeking its intervention in the “ban on the Maggi noodles”. The move from Maggi shows that it is determined to revive its trade in Indian markets.
In its petition, Nestle has requested the court for a Judicial review on the ban of Maggi noodles issued by the FSSAI. It is already known that the Food safety and standards authority of India has ordered for a ban on all variants of Maggi, terming them as “Hazardous for Human Consumption”.
Nestle India has approached the court requesting for a judicial review of the ban over Maggi noodles, that was imposed by the Food and Drugs department of the Maharashtra and also the Food safety and Standards authority of India dated June 6th, 2015. Nestle India has made it clear that at the same time it will be obeying the order of the Government over the ban, till the Court gives its judgement.
The Maharashtra government has banned all the variants of Maggi as the tests found excessive amount of lead. The only place where Maggi survived was in the State of Telangana. The Telangana Food department has found the Maggi samples to contain lead and Glutamate under the stipulated limits, approved by the FSSAI.
Maggi has been banned by more than a dozen states in India. Because of the ban being imposed in majority of the states in India and also due to the confusion raised on the safety of the Maggi noodles among its customers, Maggi’s Global CEO Paul Bulcke has decided to pull back Maggi from the Indian Markets for the time being, The Times of India reports.
Maggi is estimated to be contributing about 25% of Nestle’s total sales. The product creates a monthly revenue of Rs.200 crores in the Indian Market.