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Fresh trouble for Maggi as Govt files Rs 640 cr suit against Nestle India
The government of India filed a class action suit against Nestle India, the manufacturer of Maggi Noodles, asking the company to pay Rs 640 cr in damages for unfair trade practices, misleading advertisements and false labeling.

Although it has been weeks since the swiss manufacturer took its Maggi brand of noodles off the shelves after repeated complaints, that it contained above than permissible lead content and MSG (monosodium glutamate), it is the first time that the Consumer Affair Ministry has dragged the company to the NCDRC (National Consumers Disputes Redressal Commission), while using a three decade old Consumer Protection Act.

"We had earlier recommended filing a complaint against Nestle India over the Maggi issue before the NCDRC. Finally, we have filed the complaint," as told to PTI by the Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan. Nestle India's spokesperson refused to comment on the issue and denied having any information of having received any notice.

Government sources have said, "Under section 12(1D) of the Consumer Protection Act, we have filed a complaint before NCDRC against Nestle India over the Maggi issue. We have sought damage of about Rs 640 crore."

The main objection the Ministry has is, that Nestle India has been promoting Maggi with a tag-line, "Taste bhi, health bhi," where as the noodles are not healthy. This qualifies for unfair trade practices.

"The company said that there is no added MSG, although it was found to be present. the ministry said in its complaint. It has also charged that there was "lead content" in Maggi noodles more than the prescribed limits and the company has not done "risk assessment nor taken product approval for the Maggi masala oats", added the sources.

Meanwhile, the Twitterati community as usual has been hyperactive and have been tweeting that they should be compensated, as they eat Maggi and not the government. Some tweets are really interesting, and will make you roll out with laughter.

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