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Nestlé to appeal against fine of Rs 20 lakh imposed in 2015 Maggi case

14,September, 2019

 

Nestlé India has decided to appeal against an order issued by the adjudicating officer in Madhya Pradesh’s Morena district, that imposed a fine of Rs 20 lakh in a case registered against the company in 2015. The case was in regard to the alleged presence of lead and MSG in its product Maggi noodles beyond permissible limits.
The case was registered with the food safety department on account of alleged presence of monosodium glutamate (MSG) in Maggi noodles though its pack said, ‘no added MSG.’
In this regard, a spokesperson for Nestlé stated, “Maggi noodles are 100% safe for consumption and Nestlé India does not add MSG as an ingredient at any stage of the manufacturing process.”
He added, “We regret any confusion that this decision of first level adjudicating officer has caused amongst our consumers and we want to reassure them we do not add MSG as an ingredient at any stage of the manufacturing process.”
The spokesperson explained, “This case is several years old and refers to a claim of ‘No added MSG’ that we voluntarily removed from packs of Maggi noodles four years ago to avoid any confusion or misunderstanding among consumers about the products. We will be appealing against the decision to issue a fine on the grounds that legal precedence has not been followed. We would like to assure that Maggi noodles is and always has been safe for consumption.”
Calling this as a very old case, the spokesperson further stated that controversies are unwarranted as the Supreme Court has settled these cases earlier this year.
Since 2015, when the controversy first erupted with imposition of ban by  apex food regulator FSSAI on Nestlé’s maggi noodles, Maggi has regained its number one spot in the instant noodles market with over 59.2% market share value.
The overall business of Nestlé reached Rs 112 billion in 2018 with CAGR 11.5% since 2001.

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