Nestle India under scrutiny as NCRDC calls for fresh testing of Maggi samples

In a recent order by the Apex Court on Thursday, Nestle's Maggi has to produce fresh samples of Maggi instant noodles for examination.
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In a recent order by the Apex Court on Thursday, Nestle’s Maggi has to produce fresh samples of Maggi instant noodles for examination. The court has ordered tests on 13 samples of Maggi Noodles from nine batches to determine lead and Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) content. This decision was taken by a bench of the National Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission (NCDR) headed by Justice VK Jain. The case will be heard again on November 23.
The NCDRC recommended that the samples should be sent to the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFRTI) in Mysore, Karnataka after verifying the seal and samples in court’s presence. "The 13 out of 25 total samples will be sent to CFTRI in Mysore for analysis to determine the quantity of lead and 'Monosodium glutamate (MSG) stock glutamate' in the aforesaid samples," the bench said.
Further, the analysis will cover both the noodles and taste-maker in the Maggi packets. When the consumer court verified the Maggi samples on Thursday, four packets were damaged and hence the remaining packets were rejected to be sent for tests.
The government, in a complaint filed through the Department of Consumer Affairs against Nestle India in August, is seeking about Rs 640 crore in damages for alleged unfair trade practices and sale of defective goods.
It was decided that the noodles and the tastemaker would be tested separately. The consumer court appointed a local commissioner to visit a Nestle warehouse in Lucknow, where 5-8 tonnes of Maggi noodles confiscated by the FSSAI have been stored. The commissioner will prepare an inventory list by batch number and expiry date for further investigation.

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