Nestle India released a press release regarding the presence of lead content in its widely consumed noodles. The Supreme Court on Thursday revived action suit against Nestle initiated by by National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC).
According to a report, the NCDRC will continue the proceedings against Nestle based on 2016 report of the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) in Mysuru, Karnataka. In response to this, Nestlé India in its press release mentioned that it welcomes the orders passed by Honourable Supreme Court in noodles matter on Thursday.
The appeal filed by Nestlé India against the two interim orders passed by National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) came up for hearing today. As per the lawyers who appeared for Nestle, Hon’ble Supreme court in view of reports received from CFTRI, has agreed with Nestlé’s contention and has set aside both the interim orders passed by NCDRC which were challenged by Nestle. The Supreme Court has also directed that the reports received from CFTRI will be the basis for proceedings before NCDRC.
Nestle’s lawyer Rajesh Batra said in the court, “Reports show lead below detectable limits in some samples and only minuscule quantities of lead in other.”
In response to the justices as to why they should eat noodles if there is any lead, Nestle’s lawyers said:, “It was explained by us that the lead is present everywhere and therefore post proper scientific evaluation, a limit of 2.5 parts per million (PPM) is fixed as permissible limit. We do not add any lead to the product and minuscule quantities can come from purely external sources like air, water and grains.”
Nestle India’s lawyers said in court on Thursday that lead in its Maggi noodles was ‘below detectable limits’.