Maggi Ban News: High Court Lifts the Ban on Maggi – Bombay High Court has lifted the ongoing Ban on Nestlé’s instant Noodles, Maggi and court has asked for Re Test of the product within 6 Weeks. Nestle is free to re launch their Product but they need to get the safety tests going before the product is available in Market again.
Maggi Ban Lifted:
Maggi was banned across the country earlier after it failed to clear safety tests which assured the presence of Lead in excessive measures and above the norms set by Government for Food Products. The Food Department of Nestle had challenged the order of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and Maharashtra Food and Drug Authority on June 5, 2015 to which Bombay High Court led by Justices V M Kanade and B P Colabawalla had responded by lifting the ban and asking Nestle to conduct safety tests at centres accredited and recognised by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL).
High Court’s take on Maggie Ban-
As per High Court:
“(The) principles of natural justice have not been followed before passing the impugned order and on that ground alone impugned orders are liable to be set aside, particularly when the petitioner (Nestle India), one day prior to the impugned order, had given a press release that it had recalled the product till the authorities were satisfied about the safety of the product.”
"The court also added that the food labs authorised by FSSAI for conducting the tests and hence finding excessive lead in Maggi noodles, were not “authorised” under the FSS Act and Regulations. Thus court can’t rely on the results and hence it has lifted the ban and ordered Nestle to go through the safety Tests in recognised labs."
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