The ban was invoked by the Karnataka government after directions from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.

After Gujarat Karnataka lifts ban on Maggi noodles
news Monday, October 19, 2015 - 17:44

The Karnataka government on Monday lifted the ban on Nestle's instant noodles Maggi.

This announcement comes on the heels of the Gujarat government's decision to lift the ban on the same day after finding the noodles to be safe.

The ban was invoked by the Karnataka government after directions from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to temporarily stop Nestle India from manufacturing or selling its noodles, including variants in the state, as a precautionary measure to ensure public health.

Around ten days ago, state Health Minister, UT Khader said that the government was contemplating withdrawing the ban because toxins such as lead and monosodium glutamate (MSG) were found to be within permissible limits in samples tested.

The Centre had directed the states to test Maggi samples in labs accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL).

In August 2015, the Bombay High Court ruled in favour of Nestle in its battle to overturn a nationwide ban of its Maggi instant noodles, but demanded the popular snack be tested again for safety before it could go on sale again.

The Bombay HC's order also criticized the FSSAI's facilities as being ill-equipped and understaffed.

Nestle India, had earlier destroyed thousands of tonnes of the instant noodles after it was banned. It also presently faces a class action suit worth Rs 640 crore in damages, by the Consumer Affairs Ministry for alleged unfair trade practices, false labelling and misleading advertisements.

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