The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought a conclusive report from government laboratory in Mysore on whether Maggi noodles is safe for consumption and if lead and glutamic acid in it are within permissible limits.
Underlining that Maggi is consumed mostly by youngsters, a bench led by Justice Dipak Misra asked for clarifications from Mysore lab regarding content of the instant noodles to adjudicate the appeal made by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) against an order lifting the ban.
“We have perused the test reports. We would like Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore to apprise this court on two aspects, whether the test report relating to lead and glutamic acid are within the permissible parameters and to clarify that those are within parameters prescribed under the Food Safety Act,” it said.
The order was passed after the court went through two communications received from the Mysore lab, which had carried out the test about the monosodium glutamate (MSG) content in the samples.
While Nestle India claimed that the lead content was within the permissible limit prescribed under the Food Safety Act, the Centre said there was a need for comprehensive findings of all other parameters.
Making it clear that it was not passing any interim order, the bench said there was a need for the clarification. It added the institute in Mysore shall also give clarification on the test relating to glutamic acid. The bench said additionally if the institute feels more samples were necessary, it can requisition the same from the authority concerned.
The court said the entire exercise has to be carried out within eight weeks and posted the matter for April 5.