On Thursday, Nestle India’s lawyers said in court that lead in its Maggi noodles was ‘below detectable limits’. The Supreme court had revived the government’s class-action suit against Nestle. Therefore, authorities had given this case to the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC).
Nestle’s lawyer Rajesh Batra said in the court, “Reports show lead below detectable limits in some samples and only minuscule quantities of lead in others.”
The national food regulator FSSAI had banned Maggi in 2015. This resulted in destroying more than 30,000 tonnes of Maggi noodles. Following the ban, the Union government had moved the top consumer forum alleging false labeling and misleading advertisements by Nestlé. It sought compensation of Rs 640 crore under provisions of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986. The government authorities however, had cleared the brand after five months of the ban.
A bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud said the report from CFTRI (Central Food Technological Research Institute), will form the basis for the proceedings. Here, the testing of the Maggi noodle samples will be conducted.