Nestle blames govt for being unequipped to test Maggi

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MaggiNestlé India, entangled in the controversy over Maggi noodles, on Friday, claimed that government laboratories were not equipped to conduct lead content tests.

The company pointed that tests for the same sample in two different laboratories had yielded varying results.

The allegations  were made by Nestlé during the final arguments in the case where it has challenged the order of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) banning Maggi noodles.

Nestlé’s counsel also said that the ban has shattered the reputation of a company that has had a trusted name in the Indian market for many years, and that it has been issued in an arbitrary manner.

The counsel for Nestlé appealed to the court that the ban should be struck down, terming it as illegal.

Maggi was banned after excess levels of lead and MSG were found in samples.

The discord between Nestlé India and the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) over the recall and ban of Maggi noodles might end on Friday. The Bombay High Court on Tuesday set July 17 as the date for the final hearing on the matter that has stretched on for almost a month now.

The third hearing on Tuesday was expected to be the final one, but proved to be inconclusive.

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