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Maggi noodles to be back on shelves, as Bombay HC lifts ban
Although, no time frame has been given, but a Nestle spokesperson has confirmed that the nation's favorite two-minute noodles, Maggi will be back on shelves after the Bombay HC lifted the ban on its sales in a decision of Thursday.

"Maggi would come into the market within two months after tests clearances. Production is not a challenge, but distribution could be," the official said.

Maggi noodles had been banned in India a couple of months back, when the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had found more than the permissible amounts of lead and MSG, owing to extensive use of taste enhancers by the manufacturer.

The Bombay High Court on Thursday set aside the ban, and asked the manufacturer to conduct fresh tests, before releasing the product in the market for sales. The Court also gave a time frame of six weeks to the company, Nestle India for conducting the tests.

"We are fully committed to bring Maggi noodles back to consumers. Nevertheless, the process is lengthy and complex and will require alignment with several stakeholders, including suppliers, distributors and retailers among others, as well as continuous engagement with the authorities," a spokesperson of Nestle India said.

"The process of reactivating the manufacturing process can only be finalized after we are aligned with the various stakeholders," he further added.

The Swiss food giant, Nestle reported a decline of 2.5% in net profits for the quarter January to June 2015. Nestle India reported a net loss of Rs 64.4 crore in the quarter Apr-Jun, for the first time in 15 years against a net profit of 287.86 crore, last year in the same period.

More than 30,000 tonnes of Maggi was lifted back from the Indian market, owing to the ban, which cost the company 451.6 crore, and reversal of sales of Rs 288.4 crore. Net sales of Nestle India fell by 20.1% to Rs 1,933.8 crore.

Arvind Singhal, chairman of retail consultancy Technopack said, "For Nestle, filling the pipeline is not much of an issue, but re-distributing it to every nook and corner of the country will be a time-consuming process."

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