Wednesday December 13, 2017

Maggi to receive apex consumer court hearing on fresh tests


By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: Nestle’s arguments on fresh tests conducted on its popular Maggi noodles will receive a hearing by the apex consumer court on October 8, and take up the larger class action suit filed against the Swiss giant by the end of next month.

The decision was taken after after an initial hearing of arguments regarding the class action suit filed by the central government against Nestle India for alleged unfair trade practices.

Appearing for the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain sought more time from the commission to present the fresh tests on the 27 sealed samples of different variants of Maggi collected from the market, to which Nestle had raised objections.

Jain, along with counsels Mrinalini Sen Gupta and Prabhsahay Kaur, also placed the samples of different variants they wished to be tested before the court. But the Nestle counsel wanted to know from where they had been, since the product was withdrawn from the market on June 5.

A bench of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, comprising Justice VK Jain and Justice BC Gupta, said the court will meet again on October 8 to hear the arguments of Nestle India over the fresh tests.

The commission also questioned why Nestle India should have a problem with the testing of their own products, and said, “The government wasn’t producing the product”.

The government’s counsel had also filed an application to allow the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) as a party to assist the commission.

During the hearing Nestle India said the company has been singled out and questioned why its competitor brands weren’t being tested.

Responding to some test reports done by the government, which were missing from the application filed before the court and marked as “Not Applicable”, Nestle’s counsel said material supporting their company was being concealed and needed to be produced.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Food adulteration in India, the reason you need to be careful with what you eat

There is a good probability that a lot of what you eat is adulterated. Therefore, it becomes essential to cross check the purity of the things you consume

Food adulteration in India and its consequences
Food adulteration in India has been highly rampant. Pixabay
  • Food adulteration has been highly rampant in India 
  • “Some of the most common adulterated foods are milk and milk products, atta, edible oils, cereals, condiments”
  • The case of food adulteration that took the country by storm was the case of Maggi Noodles, India’s most popular snack

New Delhi, August 1, 2017: The definition of food adulteration according to the Food and Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is, “The addition or subtraction of any substance to or from food so that the natural composition and quality of food substance is affected.”

Food adulteration has been highly rampant in India. India, on a usual basis, witnesses a number of cases of people getting affected by consuming adulterated food products.

According to FSSAI, “Some of the most common adulterated foods are milk and milk products, atta, edible oils, cereals, condiments, pulses, coffee, tea, confectionery, baking powder, vinegar, besan and curry powder.”

The case of food adulteration that took the country by storm was the case of the very loved, Maggi Noodles. Maggi Noodles was found to contain a higher than the permissible level of lead and MSG. The entire nation was shocked to know that India’s most popular snack is not safe for consumption. Nutritionists suggest that consumption of lead for a long period of time can have hazardous consequences on the body.

Also read: To eat or not to eat? Think before you eat food items from these brands.

“The Annual Public Laboratory Testing Report for 2014-15 brought out by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) says that of the 49,290 samples of food items it tested, 8,469, nearly one-fifth, were found adulterated or misbranded,” suggests a report in The Hindu.

The worst part is, despite the potential of disastrous consequences of adulteration, the government is very lenient in providing punishment for the crime. Even if the culprit is caught, the system isn’t strict enough and one can easily get away.

“The reason behind the increasing trend in food adulteration practices is the poor ethical framework and lack of values. Government laws have their limits, it is the values in people that automatically resist them to do unethical practices,” says Rahul Gupta who works for the Food Corporation of India.

“In regard to milk, the demand and supply gap, and the ease with which it can be handled is what makes it the softest target of adulteration,” he mentioned.


Sections 272 and 273 of the Indian Penal Code deal with the offense of Adulteration of Food and Drink Intended for Sale entailing a punishment of six months imprisonment or payment of Rs. 1000 fine in case of a person adulterating some food or drink, as an attempt to make the food or drink noxious, intending to sell it, or knowing the likeliness of the same being sold as a food or drink.

There is a good probability that a lot of what you eat is adulterated. Therefore, it becomes essential to cross check the purity of the things you consume. The situation is, indeed grave and one needs to be watchful!

-by Samiksha Goel of Newsgram. Twitter @goel_samiksha

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Five most controversial bans imposed by Government in 2015


By Harshmeet Singh

The year 2015 will be remembered for many things. From PM Modi’s frequent foreign visits and the Dadri lynching incident to the astounding victory of Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi and quashing of the NJAC by the SC, 2015 saw a number of controversial stories.

But few things turned out to be more controversial than the series of bans imposed by the Government on various things, each of which drew contrasting reactions from the society. To refresh your memory, NewsGram brings to you the five most controversial bans imposed by the Government in 2015.

  1. No more Maggi Maggi Maagi! (at least for a while!)

No ban turned out to be as controversial as the ban on the country’s favorite instant noodles, Maggi. It all began when the FSDA (Food Safety and Drug Administration) Lucknow reported that some packets of the Maggi noodles have been found to contain Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) and lead beyond the permissible limits.


Nestle denied all these allegations while the states across the country started to ban the product one by one, beginning with Delhi on 3 June.

To the relief of Maggi lovers, the countrywide ban was lifted by the Bombay High Court in August.

  1. Maharashtra Government bans beef


‘Beef’ has probably been one of the most controversial words in the country in 2015. It all started with Maharashtra government’s decision to ban eating, selling or processing of red meat. Though the bill was passed by the state government in 1995 itself, it was given the green signal by the central government and president’s assent only this year.

  1. Porn ban

The Internet users in the country were in for a shock in August when they came to know about the government’s decision to ban porn websites across the country. This decision by the government came after the SC criticized the government for not doing enough to keep a check on child pornography, which is illegal. But after a massive outcry, the government was forced to retract its decision within a few days.

  1. Ban on ‘India’s daughter’

nirbhaya case protest

‘India’s daughter’, a BBC documentary based on the Nirbhaya gang rape case, was banned by the government. The documentary contained an interview of one of the accused, Mukesh Singh, who showed no remorse and instead blamed the girl, forcing the government to take this step. Though BBC didn’t air the documentary in India, it was released internationally.

  1. Ban on NGOs for alleged illegal foreign funding

The central government suspended 4,470 NGOs in the country on allegations of receiving foreign funds in an illegal manner. It started with the Government freezing the accounts of Greenpeace International and trying to stop Priya Pillai, an activist associated with the NGO, from travelling abroad.


According to the government, the licenses were cancelled for a variety of reasons, including failure to file returns and violation of the FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act).


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Three tests clear Maggi: Nestle India


New Delhi: Three laboratories mandated by the Bombay High Court have found lead content in 90 samples of Maggi instant noodles much below the permissible limits, a company statement said on Tuesday.

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

“In compliance with the high court orders, we will now commence manufacture and will begin selling only after the newly manufactured products are also cleared by the three designated laboratories,” it added.

The company is hopeful about reintroducing Maggi noodles in the market at the earliest.

It said it had got conducted over 3,500 tests on samples, representing over 200 million packs, in both nationally as well as internationally accredited laboratories and all reports are clear.

Nestle India also reiterated its resolve to collaborate with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, the apex food regulator in the country, and other stakeholders on the matter.

After a five-month ban on the two-minute noodles for alleged high lead and Monosodium Glutamate levels, the Indian arm of the Swiss giant Nestle announced in November a pact with Snapdeal for the online sale of the instant noodles and its re-introduction in 100 cities in the country.(IANS)

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