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Maggi noodles: Mysore lab submits test report to SC

New Delhi | Tuesday, Apr 5 2016 IST
The Mysore government laboratory today submitted its report to the Supreme Court in connection with the presence of MonoSodium Glutamate (MSG) in the 2-minute popular noodle, Maggi. The lab was asked by the Apex Court to submit a report whether the presence of MSG in Maggi noodles were within permissible limits.
On the contrary, Maggi’s manufacturer, Nestle, told the division bench, comprising Justices Dipak Misra and N V Ramanna, that the MSG occurs naturally in Maggi and is not an added flavor. The apex court had in January this year had asked the leading research laboratory in Mysore to conduct the necessary tests on Maggi in this regard and submit a report to it. The 2-minute popular noodle, Maggi, has come under the regulatory scanner after samples collected in some parts of the state of Uttar Pradesh and other were allegedly found containing added MSG and lead in excess of the permissible limit.
FSSAI had approached the Apex Court and told it that the sale of Maggi was contrary to the Section 22 of the FSSAI Act.FSSAI is an agency of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety. The FSSAI has been established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 which is a consolidating statute related to food safety and regulation in IndiaNestle during the hearing told the Apex Court that the food department notification concedes no lab test can determine MSG presence.Nestle further maintained its stand and defended that the MSG occurs naturally in grains and that no added MSG was present in Maggi noodles.
The Apex Court has fixed the next date of hearing as July 19 when all the test results would be argued before it.The Supreme Court had stayed the proceedings before the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) and directed that the test reports, including the earlier one, be placed before it.

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