A vendor works at a roadside Maggi noodles eatery. (Reuters)
The Bombay High Court has suggested new tests on Maggi noodles, which were banned in India early last month.
- The country's food safety regulator had declared the instant noodles, which are hugely popular, as "unsafe and hazardous for human consumption".
- Nestle, the maker, maintains the snack is safe and has challenged the national ban in court.
- The court said that samples could be freshly tested in five labs that are agreed upon by Nestle and the food safety authority.
- Nestle has agreed to the suggestion. The regulator is expected to respond tomorrow.
- Nestle has been at the centre of the worst food scare in a decade, after a regulator in Uttar Pradesh in May found what is described as dangerous levels of lead in a sample of the hugely popular snack.
- The national regulator Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) then ordered a nationwide recall.
- The food safety regulator also accused Nestle of violating labeling and other rules in India.
- Sales of Maggi in India represent roughly 0.005 percent of Nestle's global revenue of almost 92 billion Swiss francs ($98.6 billion).
- Maggi two-minute noodles sell for Rs 12 per single-serving packet. The brand has been a market leader for three decades, though it now competes with rival brands like Hindustan Unilever Ltd's Knorr.
- The noodle scare is India's biggest involving packaged foods since 2006, when an environmental group raised questions over pesticide traces in Coca Cola Co and PepsiCo Inc fizzy drinks.
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