Union Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Thursday said the decision to ban Maggi permanently can be taken only after the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) submits its report on its findings to the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC).
“FSSAI is asking states to submit their reports, FSSAI will then submit its finding to the commission. The commission will then assess the matter, conduct hearings, and then, the decision will be taken. We have given directions to the respective authorities, and a final decision can be taken only after the findings,” Paswan told mediapersons here.
Commenting on the possibility of legal action being taken against celebrities endorsing Maggi, he said, “We have sent the matter to the National Commission, it is their prerogative. We have referred the matter to them. Action against those promoting the brands depends on the findings.”
According to reports, a case was lodged earlier against Nestle India by the UP food regulator FSDA in a local court at Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh over safety standards of its Maggi.