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India wants testing of Nestle's Maggi noodles

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Staff writer ▼ | August 13, 2015
A court in India overturned a government ban on Nestle's Maggi noodles brand, but ordered further tests before the product can go back on sale.
Nestle's Maggi noodles
Food security   Nestle must supply five samples of its noodles
The ruling came a day after India said it was seeking damages of nearly $100 million from Nestle India for "unfair trade practices".

Nestle had gone to the court to challenge the ban ordered by India's food safety watchdog in June after tests by some states found lead levels exceeded statutory limits.

The high court in Mumbai called the ban "arbitrary" and said it violated the "principles of national justice".

"We have examined the evidence in great detail. Since the petitioner Nestle has already agreed not to make and sell Maggi until the food authorities are satisfied, we see no reason to allow any relief to food authorities," Justice Vidyasagar Kanade told the court.

"We direct that Nestle send five samples from each batch of Maggi for testing to three labs and only if the lead is found to be lower than permitted will they start manufacturing and sale again."