The reports are out but Maggi may not be in trouble again. According to the test results from Mysuru-based Central Food Technological Research Institute, the lead content in India’s most popular noodle brand is within permissible limits but monosodium glutamate (MSG) is on the higher side.
When senior counsel Vibha Datta Makhija, appearing for the Central Government, told a Bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Shiva Kirti Singh that MSG levels in the noodles were high, Maggi senior counsel Harish Salve said that MSG occurs naturally in Maggi and is not an added flavour.
He added that a Government notification has accepted Nestle’s position that its presence could not be determined by any laboratory tests.
The court directed that the copies of the test report be given to all the parties appearing before the court in the matter within three days as it adjourned the hearing to July 19.
Last week, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued a notification stating that a food business operator will not be prosecuted for presence of Monosodium glutamate (MSG) in their products.
FSSAI says it cannot be scientifically established whether MSG, a popular preservative and flavour enhancer, has been added by a manufacturer or present naturally.