In a major development in Nestle Maggi controversial case, the noodle company has admitted to the presence of poisonous lead ‘MSG content’ monosodium glutamate in its popular FMCG product Maggi noodles. The Supreme Court on Thursday revived the class-action suit by the Central government against it in the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) after it was given this admittance by the lawyers of the company about the presence of lead content in it.
The case was filed against the Nestle in the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission or NCDRC over the presence of MSG content in the noodles. The Supreme Court had lifted the stay on the proceedings.
As per reports, the Central government has moved to the top consumer forum, the NCDRC alleging unfair trade practices, false labelling and misleading advertisements by Swiss food giant Nestlé. However, the Centre has also sought compensation of Rs 640 crore under provisions of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986.
Reportedly, The SC judge asked the Nestle counsel why should one eat noodles with any poisonous lead content when it was argued that the content of highly toxic lead was within 'permissible' limits.
In 2015, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) claimed that samples of the Maggi noodles contained monosodium glutamate (MSG) and excess lead, following which stocks of noodles were recalled in June 2015. Subsequently, Nestlé cleared tests conducted by CFTRI, under the apex courts’ orders and was back in the market.