The Supreme Court on Monday allowed Nestle India to destroy 550 tonne of expired stocks of Maggi noodles, which had been recalled from the market last year and stored at 39 locations across the country.
Stocks were recalled after the foods authority had alleged that some samples of the noodles contained monosodium glutamate (MSG) and excess lead.A bench headed by justice Dipak Misra allowed the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to transfer the stocks lying in Lucknow to Delhi for destruction, and directed the company to destroy the stocks as per the authority’s directions.
The company had told the court it had already destroyed over 38,000 tonne and 490 tonne of Maggi noodles stocks till September 1, 2015, and September 1, 2016, respectively. “This entire stock of approximately 550 tonne is well past its ‘best before date’ and its storage is giving rise to conditions that may lead to health hazard at the said locations.”
The apex court had in January stayed the proceedings in the Rs 640-crore class action suit filed by the government before the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission. The Centre had alleged unfair trade practices, false labelling and misleading advertisements by the firm.
After a five-month ban on Maggi instant noodles by the national food regulator, Nestle re-launched its product in the market on November 9 last year.