In the on-going case between Nestle India and the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) over the nationwide ban enforced on the sale of its popular ready-to-eat two-minute Maggi noodles, the Bombay High Court has reserved its order.
Since there was no consensus on the fresh tests conducted, the matter would be posted for a fresh hearing next week, said the court.
The company had moved the court against a June 5 ban imposed on the sale and manufacture of the ready-to-make snack. Its sale banned in Maharashtra on June 6 after 30 out of 72 samples had tested positive/high for lead content.
Mehmood Pracha, counsel for FSSAI chief executive officer Yudhvir Singh said since a retest was not permitted under the Food Safety Act, another test may open up other similar cases for legal scrutiny.
Darius Khambata, counsel for Maharashtra food authorities, said the additional preserved samples that have already been taken could be tested, but only in referral laboratories.
A two-judge bench of the high court, comprising of Justices VM Kanade and B P Colabawalla has asked the FSSAI to conduct a retest of the samples.
Nestle said it would give fresh samples for a test at the labs notified and accredited.