The healthier ‘fortified’ Maggi masala noodles will be available across the country at nearly 35 lakh retail outlets in a matter of weeks. The ‘non-fortified’ noodles will be withdrawn gradually. The prices of the products will remain the same.
FMCG major Nestle today said its popular Maggi has cleared tests conducted by CFTRI under the directive of Supreme Court, reiterating that its instant noodles brand is safe for consumption.
On Tuesday, FSSAI’s appeal against the Bombay High Court order of lifting the ban on Maggi and Nestle’s appeal against the class action suit came up for hearing in the apex court.
The apex court has further directed these reports be supplied to Nestle and the Central government for arguments in July.
Before the instant noodle brand was banned in June last year, Nestle India was selling nine variants of Maggi in 3.5 million retail outlets in India.
According to tests conducted by Lucknow-based state-owned laboratory, ash content in Maggi Masala was found to be 1.85 per cent, which is higer than the permissible limit of one per cent.
The court said the entire exercise has to be carried out within eight weeks and posted the matter for April 5.
Nestle’s counsel Harish Salve accepted the formal notice on behalf of the Swiss giant Nestle and said the company would file a reply to the petition by January 5.
After a favourable HC order, Swiss giant Nestle had relaunched its instant noodle on November 9.
Nestle, which relaunched Maggi noodles on November 9 after a five-months ban, has started production of Maggi noodles from its Tahliwal plant in Himachal Pradesh.
Nestle claims it never got any notice from Lucknow lab, says its product ‘100% safe’
Confirming this development, a senior official of the Directorate of Health Safety and Regulation said the government has allowed the company to start production and distribution of Maggi noodles in the state.
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev today launched Patanjali’s ‘healthy’ instant atta noodles that will take on Nestle’s Maggi.
Snapdeal exclusively sold Maggi WelcomeKits online. The next flash sale will be on November 16.
Maggi would now be available across the country except in Bihar, Odisha, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, where the company is yet to secure the requisite clearances.