The government Mysore laboratory on Tuesday submitted its test report on 16 Maggi samples to the Supreme Court following the apex court’s order in December last year calling for fresh tests to ascertain the quantity of lead and MSG in them.
The apex court has further directed these reports be supplied to Nestle and the Central government for arguments in July. The next hearing is to be held on July 19.
The court had earlier said that the entire exercise has to be carried out within eight weeks and posted the matter for April 5.
In January this year, The Supreme Court had 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.
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“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.