Bombay High Court will on Thursday pronounce verdict on whether the food regulator, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, was right to impose ban on the instant noodles brand Maggi in June.
The court has been hearing arguments for over a fortnight now.
FSSAI had banned the sale of Maggi, manufactured by Nestle India on the pretext that it contained unacceptable level of lead in it.
Nestle India, while maintaining the famous noodles, was safe for consumption, had decided to withdraw the stocks from the market after after six states, including Delhi and Gujarat, imposed a ban on the instant noodles.
The company had said, ” Maggi Noodles are completely safe and have been trusted in India for over 30 years. We promise that the trusted Maggi Noodles will be back in the market as soon as the current situation is clarified.”
The company argued in Bombay High Court that it had been operating in India for almost 30 years but telling children that Nestle India’s brand contained poison was worrisome and enough to destroy its credibility.
Today’s decision may be crucial in ending the long-drawn legal process between Nestle India and the state and central governments, which had banned the sale of Maggi in India.