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Nestle to destroy $50 million worth of Maggi noodles

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Maggi noodles
Food industry   After a ban by food safety regulator in India

Nestle it will destroy more than $50 miilion worth of Maggi noodles, following a ban imposed by India's food safety regulator.

India's food safety regulator says tests have found the instant noodles "unsafe and hazardous" and has accused Nestle of failing to comply with food safety laws. Nestle insists that the noodles are safe.

The company said in a statement that the value of withdrawn noodles include stocks taken off the shelves and stocks stored in factories and with distributors.

"There will be additional costs to take into account, for example bringing stock from the market, transporting the stock to the destruction points, destruction cost etc. The final figure will have to be confirmed at a later date," Nestle said.

The company is challenging the ban in the high court in the city of Mumbai and "raised issues of interpretation" of India's food safety laws.

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