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