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Level of lead in Maggi within permissible limit: Mysore lab to SC

New Delhi:
The Central Food Technological Research Institute in Mysore, which examined Maggi samples, told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that the level of lead in the instant noodles was within permissible limit and sought more samples to give its findings on monosodium glutamate (MSG).A bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice N V Ramana perused the report which said the level of lead in Maggi samples was found to be at 2.5, which Nestle’s counsel Harish Salve claimed to be within permissible limits.

The Centre, however, pointed out that the laboratory had not conducted comprehensive tests and directed it to file report on MSG within eight weeks.

“We know that it is being consumed mostly by the young generation and we are also concerned about their health. But we have to trust the lab. Let the lab clarify on the issue,“ the bench said.

The lab said it could not conduct other tests as the quantity of samples was insufficient. The court asked the lab to approach the Joint Registrar of National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC), who was appointed as Commissioner by NCDRC, to get more samples.

The court, which had on December 16 stayed class action suit proceedings initiated against Nestle, posted the case for hearing on April 5. The Centre has filed a class action suit before the Commission against Nestle for alleged unfair trade practices and misleading advertisements. It has sought Rs 640 crore in compensation.

The NCDRC on December 9 ordered tests on 16 additional samples of Maggi noodles by a lab in Chennai. The Supreme Court, however, modified the NCDRC order and entrusted the task of examining the samples to the Mysore lab.


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