New Delhi: In a major setback to Nestle, the company admitted to the presence of lead in its popular FMCG product of popular noodles. The Supreme Court on Thursday was given this admittance by the lawyers of the company as the case was being heard.
The court hearing was a clear indication that the Government vs Nestle debate was again ignited after the safety of the immensely popular noodles was questioned. The Supreme Court has revived action suit against Nestle initiated by NCDRC for lead content in Maggi.
Earlier in 2017, a huge stash of tonnes of the product was destroyed because it failed the health safety norms. Moreover, the government has moved a class action against Nestle seeking damages of Rs 640 crore.
The SC judge asked the Nestle counsel why should he eat noodles with any lead content when it was argued that the content of highly toxic lead was within ‘permissible’ limits. The hearing has once again opened a long-standing debate about the safety of the food products that are being fed to millions of children and adults across the nation.