SC seeks clarification from Mysore lab on Maggi noodles

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the government laboratory in Mysore to clarify whether test reports relating to lead and glutamic acid in Maggi noodles are within permissible parameters under the law.

Making it clear that it was not passing any interim order, an apex court bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said there was a need for the clarification.

The apex court, which was hearing a plea filed by Nestle India Ltd against the order of National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC), said the entire exercise has to be carried out within eight weeks and posted the matter for April 5.

The Consumer Commission had on December 10 last year sent 16 more samples of Maggi noodles for testing in the Chennai lab to ascertain the quantity of lead and MSG in them in connection with the government’s Rs. 640 crore suit against the company for alleged unfair trade practices.

The court had on December 16 last year ordered testing of samples of Maggi noodles in the Mysore laboratory after NCDRC had directed that it be done in Chennai.

The apex court had stayed the proceedings before NCDRC and directed that the test reports, including the earlier one, be placed before it. (ANI)