Nestle’s India boss Suresh Narayanan has insisted Maggi products in India are compliant with all Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) rules following fresh concerns about the popular noodle brand.
As individual Indian states begin to lift their ban on Maggi noodles, Nestlé has been paving the way for a return to the shelves for the snack which has suffered a torrid year at the hands of the subcontinent’s food authorities.
Over the last few days it feels like we’ve written about little more than the Maggi noodles affair in India. Thankfully it is now reaching a conclusion. But still it raises some vitally important questions that must surely be addressed.
Nestlé India has voiced its disappointment at the “unprecedented step” by the Indian government of going to the courts to seek nearly US$100m in damages for “unfair trade practices” in the wake of the Maggi noodles affair.
The Bombay high court has ruled that the chief executive of India’s food regulator, the FSSAI, had “acted in an emergent, drastic and arbitrary” fashion in ordering Nestlé to withdraw its popular Maggi noodles from the shelves in June.