The Himachal Pradesh government on 27th Nov, finally lifted the embargo on production at Nestle’s Tahliwal manufacturing unit in Una district of the state.
A month after Nestle’s request, Directorate of Health Safety And Regulation had written to Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to decide on lifting the ban on production of the instant noodles in Himachal Pradesh.
The Director (Health Safety And Regulation) Rameshwar Sharma said, “Maggi’s manufacturing is permitted in Una based plant but before introducing the product in state’s market, Nestle has to act as per Bombay High Court order”.
Recently, Nestle India had urged the state to lift the embargo on Maggi production in its manufacturing plant at Tahliwal in Una district. Production of Maggi in Nestle’s 12th unit at Tahliwal was waxed under suspension since June this year.
Nestle India said in an application to the state authority that Bombay high court has allowed the manufacturing in other units on the matter. Nestle India has resumed manufacturing of Maggi at Nanjangud in Karnataka, Moga in Punjab, Bicholim in Goa and Pantnagar in Uttarakhand but the operations at Tahliwal in Himachal Pradesh are yet to resume.
Earlier this month, Maggi cleared the tests that the Bombay high court had mandated. Nestle’s instant noodles brand Maggi had to pass the ‘Litmus’ test in laboratories in Jaipur, Mohali and Hyderabad.
The court lifted the ban on Maggi in August, which was imposed by the food safety regulators in June this year.
Earlier in June, Swiss food major Nestle was asked to withdraw Maggi from the market after it came under national scrutiny over high content of lead and monosodium glutamate (MSG) in its samples tested at various laboratories.