Maggi to be back soon?

New Delhi: There is a good news for all the Maggi lovers as the two-minute noodles will hit the market soon.

Nestle India on Friday said all samples of Maggi have cleared tests conducted by three laboratories, as mandated by Bombay High Court, paving the way for the instant noodles brand to be back in the market after it was banned over the presence of excess lead.

The company said it will now commence manufacturing and will sell “only after the newly manufactured products are also cleared by the designated three laboratories”.

“We have received test results from all three laboratories mandated by the Hon’ble Bombay High Court to test Maggi Noodles samples. All the 90 samples, covering six variants, tested by these laboratories are clear with lead much below the permissible limits,” Nestle India said in a statement.

The company, which had earlier said it was planning to bring back the Maggi noodles in the market by this year end, further said that it is committed to reintroducing Maggi noodles “at the earliest”.

“In compliance with the orders of the Bombay High Court, we will now commence manufacture and will start selling only after the newly manufactured products are also cleared by the designated three laboratories,” the company added.

In June, Nestle had to recall all varieties of Maggi from India after the food regulator, Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), ordered a ban saying it was “unsafe and hazardous” for consumption because of presence of excess lead.

Stressing that Maggi noodles are safe, Nestle India said it has “conducted over 3,500 tests representing over 200 million packs in both national as well as international accredited laboratories and all reports are clear”.

Various countries including the US, the UK, Singapore, Australia and others have found Maggi Noodles manufactured in India safe for consumption, the statement added.

In August, the court had ruled in favour of Nestle in its battle to overturn a nationwide ban on the noodles, but said the popular snack would have to undergo more safety tests before it could go on sale again.

(With inputs from PTI)

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