Nestle India Limited, which makes instant Maggi noodles, has been asked to pay fine over ash in Maggi noodle higher than permissible levels. The Lucknow-based laboratory has imposed a fine of Rs.45 lakh on Nestle India Limited, a unit of Swiss packaged food company.
A Nestle India spokesperson said that “We strongly reiterate that at no stage of the manufacturing process, ash is added to the Maggi noodles”, and the relevant sample packets were from 2015.
The authorities of Shahjanhanpur, Uttar Pradesh, have imposed a fine of Rs.45 lakh on Nestle, and Rs.17 lakh fine on its distributors. In May 2015, FSSAI had banned the production and sale of Maggi noodles as it contained excess monosodium, lead, and glutamate.
Food Safety and Standards Authority of India collected the seven samples in 2015 and released the laboratory report in 2016. The authorities lodged seven cases against Nestle at the additional district magistrate’s court.
Nestle faced a nationwide ban on Maggi in 2015 and forced Nestle India Limited to destroy about 38 thousand tonnes of the Maggi noodles. However, Nestle fulfilled the conditions set by the Bombay High Court and relaunched Maggi noodles in India in November 2015.
“While we have not yet received the order passed by the Adjudication Officer, we understand from the information available that the relevant samples are of the year 2015 and the issue pertains to ‘Ash content’,” the spokesperson said, adding the instant noodles are compliant with the new rules laid by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.
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