The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission on Tuesday asked the government to give an undertaking that it will not seek any further tests on the samples of Nestle’s Maggi noodles at accredited laboratories, reports fe Bureau in New Delhi. The commission, which is hearing the government’s R640-crore suit against the company for alleged unfair trade practices, made the observation when the government’s counsel sought its direction for testing of 31 batches of the noodles at an accredited laboratory.
The court, while reserving its order on, observed, “Tomorrow you will ask us to send some more samples lying with some other people for testing. It will become an unending process. Are you ready to undertake that this will not go on…”
The consumer affairs department had said it had identified 31 samples from different batches in a Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) godown it would like to test.
The consumer court asked the government to provide a list of accredited labs for testing of the samples.
The department of consumer affairs has alleged that Nestle India had “indulged in unfair trade practices by false labelling” of Maggi noodles. The department has also alleged that the company sold “defective” goods to the public with the presence of lead and MSG and indulged in unfair trade practices by offering for sale Maggi oats masala noodles with tastemaker without risk assessment and product approval.
Nestle India requested the court that it wait until the report of the earlier testing was presented and any further testing may be based on the findings of that report. Some 13 samples collected by the government had earlier been sent for testing. The 31 batches that the department now wants to be tested have been collected by FSSAI.
After a five-month ban on the product, Nestle relaunched it on November 9 based on the order of the Bombay High Court, which lifted the ban.