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FSSAI to respond on Maggi in a week

23,September, 2016

The Supreme Court on Thursday granted Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) a week to respond to Nestle India’s plea to permit it to destroy about 550 tonnes of recalled stock of Maggi noodles, which have passed their shelf life.

A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and C Nagappan posted the matter for September 30. In an application, Nestle said the storage of such a huge quantity of noodles at 39 locations across the country may lead to a health hazard.

Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for Maggi, said earlier too they had destroyed 38,000 tonnes of noodles in the incinerators of the notified cement plants. “We have followed the due process agreed between the FSSAI and the company,” Salve said.

But the counsel for the food regulator said “destruction of stocks as destruction of evidence” was also the subject matter of two petitions pending in the apex court. The counsel sought a week to seek instruction and file a reply to Nestle India’s plea.

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