The Centre on Tuesday informed the Supreme Court that the Central Food Technological Research Institute in Mysuru, which was asked to check the presence of MSG/Glutamic Acid in Nestle’s popular Maggi noodles, has submitted its report in a sealed cover.
Senior counsel Vibha Datt Makhija told a bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra that she was able to read only one report as the lab has directly sent the results to the apex court in a sealed cover. She said that in one of the 16 test reports, the government laboratory has found lead content within permissible limits but monosodium glutamate (MSG) content was higher in the Maggi noodles sample.
However, senior counsel Harish Salve, appearing for Nestle India, argued that MSG occurs naturally in Maggi and is not an added flavour. Besides, the government notification has also conceded the firm’s stand that no lab test can determine MSG presence in the samples. The bench directed the reports to be supplied to Nestle and other parties within three days and posted the matter for further hearing on July 19.