While we were busy relishing our favourite vegetable Maggi at our home this New Year, the Supreme Court was working on reviving the action suit against Nestlé India initiated by National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) for the presence of lead content in its widely-consumed noodles (Maggi).

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2. What actually happened?

What actually happened?

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3. What Nestlé says?

 What Nestlé says?

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4. What happened in past?

What happened in past?

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5. Latest update

Latest update

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Recently, the Supreme Court was hearing the action initiated by National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) for lead content in Maggi. The debate was basically between the Government and Nestlé about the lead content, where the judge of apex body asked the Nestlé counsel why should he eat noodles with any lead content when it was argued that the content of highly toxic lead was within ‘permissible’ limits.Nestlé India has welcomed the orders passed by Hon’ble Supreme Court. Nestlé India had challenged two interim orders of National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) before the Hon’ble Supreme Court in 2015. As per directions of Hon’ble Supreme Court, samples were sent to Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) and the analysis results showed that samples were compliant for Lead and other relevant parameters.It all started in 2015 when a Gorakhpur state laboratory and the Central Food Laboratory in Kolkata found monosodium glutamate (MSG) in the Maggi samples. The Kolkata laboratory also found lead — 17.2 parts per million. If we go by the health regulations, the permitted level of lead in instant noodles is 2.5 ppm only. To this, Nestlé India had argued that they do not add MSG to Maggi noodles sold in India. However, they use hydrolysed groundnut protein, onion powder and wheat flour to make Maggi noodles sold in India, which all contain glutamate.According to a report, the NCDRC will continue the proceedings against Nestle based on 2016 report of the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) in Mysuru, Karnataka. And the Supreme Court has directed that the reports received from CFTRI will be the basis for proceedings before NCDRC. Full details will be known only after receipt of the order by Nestlé.

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