Nestle will chal­lenge ‘noo­dle ban’ in In­dian court, af­ter lead found in goods

The China Post - - WORLD BUSINESS -

Nestle said Thurs­day it is chal­leng­ing a ban im­posed by In­dia on its hugely popular Maggi in­stant noodles brand af­ter tests showed they con­tained ex­ces­sive lev­els of lead.

Nestle said it had ap­proached the high court in the west­ern city of Mumbai seek­ing a ju­di­cial re­view of a June 5 or­der from the gov­ern­ment’s food safety reg­u­la­tor ban­ning the prod­uct.

“Nestle In­dia Limited has to­day ap­proached the Hon’ble Bom­bay High Court rais­ing is­sues of in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Food Safety and Stan­dards Act 2011,” said a state­ment posted on the com­pany’s web­site.

It said it was also chal­leng­ing a sep­a­rate or­der from the state gov­ern­ment of Ma­ha­rash­tra, of which Mumbai is the cap­i­tal.

Nestle, which says the noodles are safe to eat, had al­ready an­nounced it was pulling the prod­uct from sale when the Food Safety and Stan­dards Author­ity of In­dia (FSSAI) im­posed a na­tional ban fol­low­ing sim­i­lar moves by some state gov­ern­ments.

On Thurs­day the com­pany said it would keep the prod­uct off store shelves de­spite the court ac­tion. court to stop Fit­bit from mak­ing and sell­ing those prod­ucts. Jaw­bone wants a jury trial to re­solve the is­sue, and it is also seek­ing com­pen­satory dam­ages, at­tor­ney’s fees, and other pay­ments if the court deems them ap­pro­pri­ate.

Fit­bit, based in San Fran­cisco, did not im­me­di­ately com­ment.

In late May, Jaw­bone sued Fit­bit and a group of em­ploy­ees who quit Jaw­bone to work for Fit­bit, say­ing they stole trade se­crets, busi­ness plans, mar­ket re­search, and other in­for­ma­tion. Fit­bit said it would de­fend it­self against the law­suit filed in Su­pe­rior Court in San Fran­cisco.

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