Maggi row: Will go through the judgement, before taking any action, says Health Minister JP Nadda

Thursday, 13 August,New Delhi : The government said on Thursday it will go through the judgement of Bombay High Court, which lifted the nationwide ban imposed by Indian food regulators on Maggi noodles, before taking next course of action.

Union Health Minister J P Nadda said that his Ministry was aware of the judgement and would like to go into the details and consult the officials before taking further action.

“First of all let me go through the details of the judgement. We have heard about it. I would like to go into the detail and see what does the judgement say. Accordingly, after the sitting (meeting) with officials, we will decide about the next course of action,” Nadda said.

The Bombay High Court lifted the nationwide ban imposed by Indian food regulators on Maggi noodles on Thursday, providing a conditional relief to the popular snack’s manufacturer Nestle India Pvt Ltd as it ordered a fresh test of samples in three independent laboratories across India. It said that if the fresh tests show that lead content was below permissible limit, then the company will be allowed to manufacture and sell Maggi again in the country.

A division bench comprising justices V M Kanade and B P Colabawalla also set aside the June 5 order of the central government’s Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and also quashed the order of Maharashtra’s Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) banning production and sale of Maggi noodles in India and the state, respectively.

Both the food regulators had in the impugned orders alleged that lead content in Maggi noodles was beyond the permissible limit and asked the company to refrain from selling all nine variants of its product as it may cause harm to public health. Central food regulator FSSAI meanwhile today said its “doors were never shut” for Nestle India with regard to Maggi. FSSAI also said that an appeal before the Supreme Court is “neither ruled in, nor ruled out” as yet.