Huge damage to reputation and competitors are making fun, says the multinational
GN Bureau | October 1, 2015
Nestle India has told the national consumer court that it did not want any further tests of Maggi as the high court was hearing the case against the ban its noodles.
Hearing the arguments, the consumer court on Wednesday directed the company to file its arguments against the Centre’s plea for retesting the company’s Maggi noodles before October 8, while expressing surprise that the firm would oppose fresh tests.
Opposing the centre’s Rs 640 crore class action suit against them, the company told the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission bench comprising justices VK Jain and BC Gupta that they were not in favour of getting fresh tests.
“What is the need for fresh testing when Bombay high court is seized of the matter,” Nestle India’s lawyer Arvind Nigam said.
Nigam then said that no other company making noodle products besides Maggi had been tested nor were there any bans on other similar consumer goods. “It has caused a huge damage to our reputation... to the extent that my competitors are making fun of me (company). While my product has been banned, government is not taking any action against any manufacturer of similar products... I (Nestle India) am being singled out,” Nigam said.
Additional solicitor general Sanjay Jain sought more time from the commission to present the fresh tests on the 27 sealed samples of different variants of Maggi collected from the market, to which Nestle had raised objections. The government also placed the samples of different variants they wished to be tested before the court. Meanwhile, the government wanted the Food Safety Standards Authority of India to be made a party in order to assist with further testing of Maggi products.
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