The court of additional district magistrate in Shahjahanpur (UP) slapped a fine of Rs 45 lakh on Nestle India and its distributors as its vintage noodles brand Maggi allegedly failed to pass the lab test. The laboratory report confirmed the presence of ash content more than the allowable limit in samples of Maggi noodles.
A fine of 45 lakh on Nestle, 15 lakh on its three distributors and 11 lakh on its two sellers have been imposed by the district magistrate. As per the district authorities, they had collected the samples last year in November and sent them for a lab test, which had discovered ash content over the given limits of human consumption. The Nestle India, however, questioned the lab findings and said that it has not received the order yet and would file an appeal urgently once it receives the order. A Nestle India spokesperson said that “While we have not received the orders passed by the adjudication officer, we have been informed that the samples are of the year 2015 and the issue pertains to ash content in Noodles”.
“This appears to be a case of application of incorrect standards, and we will file an appeal urgently once we receive the order,” the spokesperson added. He further added that “The standards have since been introduced and the product complies with these standards. We regret the confusion it may cause to consumers. We strongly reiterate that Maggi Noodles are 100 percent safe for consumption”. In June 2015, Maggi was banned by FSSAI for allegedly containing lead more than allowable limits, which forced Nestle India to withdraw the product from the market. The famous noodles brand was in the market in November amid legal battles.