SC orders Maggi test in Mysuru lab

SC orders Maggi test in Mysuru lab

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered that the Maggi noodle samples would be tested at Mysuru lab after food regulatory authority and Nestle India Ltd agreed that the facility over there was well-equipped to ascertain the contents.

Acting on a petition by Nestle, a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Prafulla C Pant stayed the class suit initiated by the Centre against the company before the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission.

“It is directed that the samples earlier collected by the Local Commissioner appointed by the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC), New Delhi, shall be sent to the Mysuru laboratory for testing. The test reports shall be produced before this court,” the bench said in its order.

The court also directed the NCDRC not to proceed with the Rs 640 crore class suit filed by the Centre against the company for violating the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.

Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for Nestle, submitted that there was no need for the NCDRC to send the sample of Maggi noodles to Chennai following its latest direction passed on October 15 for referring it to Mysuru lab.

He contended that the Chennai lab was not fully equipped to carry out all the tests required for the product. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi initially opposed Salve's plea saying the product was directed to be sent to Chennai on October 9 and 10 on request by the company itself. 

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