Nestle India Ltd., on Wednesday said it is making its best efforts to commence sale of its Maggi Noodles Masala product from this month, even as the company continues to talk with the state government of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh to resume production in its two other factories there.
The decision to commence sales of Maggi packets comes after Nestle India’s latest samples have been cleared by the three National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories, the company said in a filing to the stock exchanges.
“All the samples of the Maggi Noodles Masala have been cleared with lead much below permissible limits,” it said.
Earlier this year, Nestle India was forced to withdraw and destroy all its Maggi packets from stores across the country after the Food Standards and Safety Authority of India, banned the sale of the ready—to-cook noodles, after it said it found contents of lead above levels that humans can consume. That ban followed another order to recall Maggi packets by the food regulator in Uttar Pradesh state. The company had challenged the ban.
The Mumbai High Court had allowed the company to resume manufacturing of Maggi Masala Noodles after its earlier samples were cleared by the three labs for lead-content permissible for human consumption.
Later the company began producing of Maggi Noodles at three of its plants at Nanjangud in Karnataka, Moga in Punjab, and Bicholim in Goa.
On Tuesday, Nestle said it is “engaging with the relevant authorities in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand to obtain directions for commencing manufacture of Maggi Noodles.”
The ban on manufacture and sales of Maggi Noodles had hurt the company’s earnings, as domestic sales fell 33.8% and its exports declined by 6.4% from a year earlier. During the July-September quarter, Nestle India said its net profits declined by 60.1% to Rs124.2 crore, while its sales also fell 32.1% to Rs1736.2 crore from a year earlier.