NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday revived the Centre’s Rs 640-crore class action suit, lying dormant for over three years in the national consumer forum, against Nestle India for allegedly selling lead-laced Maggi, asking “why should children have Maggi noodles with lead?”

The Food Safety Standards and Safety Authority of India had banned the sale of Maggi in June 2015 alleging it contained harmful monosodium glutamate and excess lead. Nestle moved the SC after the consumer forum entertained the suit and ordered fresh tests.

Lead comes from external sources: Nestle

Nestle moved the SC after the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission entertained the Centre’s class action suit.

Reacting to the developments, Nestle said, “We pointed out to the Hon’ble Court that the reports show lead below detectable limits in some samples and only miniscule quantities of lead in others. The Hon’ble justices wanted to know as to why they should eat noodles if there is any lead. It was explained that the lead is present everywhere and therefore post proper scientific evaluation, a limit of 2.5 PPM is fixed as permissible limit.”

“It was clarified that Nestle does not add any lead to the product and miniscule quantities can come from external sources. It was pointed out that in some of the samples the presence of lead has been found as traces and far below the permissible limit,” it added.

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