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SC to hear plea to destroy 550 tonnes of Maggi on Sept 30

The Supreme Court would next week hear Nestle India's plea seeking its nod to destroy about 550 tonnes of recalled stock of Maggi noodles which have passed shelf life. 

A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and C Nagappan today posted the matter for hearing on September 30, after Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) sought a week's time to reply to the Nestle India plea.

Nestle has said the storage of such huge quantity of the noodles at 39 locations across the country may lead to health hazard. Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the noodle maker, said earlier too they had destroyed 38,000 tonnes of the noodles in the incinerators of the notified cement plants.

"We have followed the due process agreed between FSSAI and the company," he said. But the counsel for the food regulator said "destruction of stocks as destruction of evidence" was also the subject matter of two SLPs pending in the apex court.

The counsel sought a week to seek instruction and file a reply to Nestle India's plea. Salve said the stock had crossed its shelf life and needed to be destroyed by following a due process which has been agreed between both the parties. 
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