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Maggi noodles: Supreme Court adjourns case till September 30 as Nestle seeks permission to destroy stock

The Supreme Court today adjourned Nestle India's plea seeking permission to destroy expired stocks of Maggi noodles which were recalled from the market last year.

By: | New Delhi | Published: September 22, 2016 1:30 PM
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The Supreme Court today adjourned Nestle India’s plea seeking permission to destroy expired stocks of Maggi noodles which were recalled from the market last year. The matter was adjourned till September 30.Nestle India had moved the Supreme Court for the permission on Wednesday.

Seeking “release of recall stock of Maggi Noodles seized by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for its destruction,” the company told the apex court that it had already destroyed over 38,000 and 490 tonnes of Maggi noodles stocks till September 1, 2015 and September 1, 2016, respectively.

Stocks were recalled after the food authority alleged that some samples of the noodles had monosodium glutamate (MSG) and excess lead.
A bench headed by Justice AR Dave posted the matter for hearing on Thursday after senior counsel Harish Salve sought an urgent hearing in the matter.

At present, there are approximately 550 tonnes of stocks left to be destroyed, which is stocked at 39 locations all over the country, the company said, adding that “this entire stock of approximately 550 tonnes 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.”

Nestle further said that destruction took place in the incinerators of the cement plants identified by FSSAI, keeping in view the environmental requirements. Even FSSAI supported Nestle’s plea and also sought permission from the apex court to proceed to destroy the stocks.

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