Maggi likely to re-enter Indian markets by year end

Good news for consumers as instant noodles Maggi likely will reach the Indian markets once again by the year end.

New Delhi: Good news for consumers as instant noodles Maggi likely will reach the Indian markets once again by the year end.

Nestle India Chief Suresh Narayanan, on Friday, said during an interview with Indian Today TV that the testing of the product as per the guidelines of the High Court should be finished by September end and hence, we can anticipate that Maggi will likely be available in the Indian markets by the year end.

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Nestle India chief said if Maggi noodles clear all the tests by accredited laboratories, as directed by the Bombay High Court, the Swiss company would start manufacturing the popular noodles in India, after which there would be another round of tests.

Regarding Rs.640 crore class action suit filed by the government for unfair trade practices, Mr Narayanan said the company was extremely “disappointed”.

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“As far as Nestle is concerned, we are very disappointed with the case that has been preferred on us. It’s a case on the grounds entirely based on FSSAI’s contentions which have been presented before the high court,” he said.

“This is a question of our trust and reputation, and we would defend it vigorously when called upon to do so,” Mr Narayanan added.

He said the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’s (FSSAI) legitimacy and importance has never been under contention, as far as Nestle is concerned.

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The Bombay High Court on August 13 lifted the ban on Maggi noodles, ordering fresh tests within six weeks to check if it complies with the country’s food safety norms.