Bombay Court Rejects Nestle Plea On Maggi Recall
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The Bombay High Court on Friday declined to stay order of food authorities banning nine variants of Maggi noodles.
The high court directed the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and the Maharashtra government to file affidavits within two weeks on Nestle petition.
Nestle India had lodged a judicial review with the Bombay High Court over an order from India's Food and Drug Administration, effectively seeking to clarify the state's method of testing the noodles.
"As part of the efforts to resolve the Maggi noodles issue, Nestle India today approached the Bombay High Court, raising issues of interpretation of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2011 while seeking a judicial review of the order dated June 6, 2015, passed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Maharashtra and the order dated June 5 passed by FSSAI," Nestle India said in a filing to the BSE on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is testing samples of Maggi, a Nestle instant noodle brand, which was recalled from stores across India last week, a spokeswoman for the Swiss food group said.
Nestle, the world's largest food company, is seeking to defend its reputation in India after it pulled Maggi noodles from stores following reports by regulators that some packets contained excess lead.
A spokeswoman for the Swiss-based company said the United States' FDA was now also looking into the issue.
"We have been made aware that the FDA has taken samples of Maggi noodles manufactured in India from third-party importers' containers for testing, and we have asked the importers to advise us of the outcome of the FDA tests," the spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.
Nestle does not import, market or distribute Maggi noodles in the United States, the spokeswoman said. Any Maggi noodle products in US stores are sourced by retailers or imported through third parties, she added.
A spokeswoman for the FDA said the agency was looking into the removal of Maggi noodles from the Indian marketplace but that it was not yet clear whether US products were affected by the recall.
Besides selling in India, Nestle India also exports Maggi noodles to the US, Canada, UK, Australia, Singapore and Kenya, as per the global website of the Swiss multinational giant.
Authorities in Kenya and the UK are also testing Maggi samples. The food regulator in Singapore had also tested the samples, but later found that Maggi noodles imported from India were safe to eat.
Nestle India had to recall the product from the market after several states banned the '2-minute' instant food as tests showed it contained taste enhancer MSG (monosodium glutamate) and lead in excess of permissible limits.