New Delhi: TheSupreme Court on Thursday revived the government’s case in National ConsumerDisputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) against Nestle India seeking damages ofRs 640 crore on charges of unfair trade practices, false labelling andmisleading advertisements.
Abench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud said the report from CFTRI (CentralFood Technological Research Institute, Mysuru), where the testing of the Magginoodle samples was conducted, will form the basis for the proceedings. The topcourt had earlier stayed the proceedings before the NCDRC after Nestle hadchallenged it. The Consumer Affairs Ministry had in 2015 filed a complaintagainst Nestle India before the NCDRC using a provision for the first time inthe nearly three-decade-old Consumer Protection Act.
Ithad filed a complaint against Nestle for causing harm to Indian consumers byallegedly indulging in unfair trade practices and false labelling related tothe Maggi noodles product. It was for the first time that the government hadtaken action under Section 12-1-D of the Consumer Protection Act, under whichboth the Centre and states have powers to file complaints.
Inthe petition filed before the NCDRC, the ministry had charged that Nestle Indiahas mislead consumers claiming that its Maggi noodle was healthy — “Tastebhi healthy bhi”. Nestle had to withdraw its instant noodles brand Maggifrom the market over allegations of high lead content and presence of MSG(monosodium glutamate). The food safety regulator FSSAI had banned Magginoodles after it found excess level of lead in samples, terming it as“unsafe and hazardous” for human consumption. FSSAI had also saidNestle violated labelling regulations on taste enhancer ‘MSG’ and ordered thecompany to submit a compliance report on its orders.
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