The Bombay High Court on Tuesday allowed Nestle India to export all varieties of Maggi noodles after Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) said that it had no objection to the company selling the product abroad though it stood by its decision to ban Maggi in the country.
The company is “at liberty to export,” a division bench of Justices V.M. Kanade and B.P. Colabawalla said.
Maggi was banned by the Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on June 5 after several samples were found having Lead and Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) contents beyond permissible limits.
Senior advocate Mehmood Pracha, appearing on behalf of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India argued, “If the products are so safe why don’t they export. Why put the blame on us?”
Nestle India had challenged the ban on grounds that it was ‘unauthorised, arbitrary, unconstitutional for violating right to equality and trade’, and violative of principles of natural justice since the company was not given a proper hearing.
Recently Nestle India has dumped Maggi noodles worth Rs. 320 crores.
The domestic restrictions, however, would continue to apply. The matter will now come up for further hearing on July 14.