After Nestle’s denial of contamination in its Maggi noodles, the government agencies have now asked the FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) to check the quality of the product – as it poses a serious threat to health & safety of thousands of consumers.
The issue started with UP Food Safety and Drug Administration asking Nestle India to withdraw a batch of Maggi noodles after it found high levels of MSG (monosodium glutamate) in the product. To this Nestle India claimed that it does not agree with the order and is filing the requisite representations with the authorities. But here comes further action from the FSSAI.
According to Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, ‘It is a serious issue. We have referred the matter to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). Under the current law, FSSAI has the power to take action, including imposing fine and hefty punishment.’
However, he also acknowledged that the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) has limited powers. It cannot take suo moto action. It can file class- action suit only after someone files complaint against the company.
It is quite surprising that such matter of public interest has not been taken up by any consumer body yet. The NCDRC President Justice D K Jain said that till now no one has filed a complaint against Nestle related to Maggi. There is a provision for class action but only after an NGO or any consumer body files a formal complaint.
We appeal the public authorities to take up this matter seriously since it is a mass product and if proved harmful, it can adversely impact the health of thousands of people.
Source: Eco Times