Nestle offers Food Safety Institutes to FSSAI

NestleAfter a bitter battle with the Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) following the ban on its Maggi noodles, Nestle has proposed to collaborate with the national food regulator on the same contentious issue of food safety that had led to the ban. According to Nestle Chairman Suresh Narayanan, the company has “made an offer to the FSSAI chairman and CEO to set up food safety institutes and disseminate good practises on food safety. They will be coming out with number and structure. Their response to our proposal has been very positive,” he said. He added that collaborating with the Indian government on subjects such as food safety is something that Nestle headquarters at Switzerland was also keen on.

While the FSSAI had banned Maggi in June last year on allegations of higher than permissible lead content and flavour enhancer monosodium glutamate, seven countries including the US had cleared its samples. The Bombay High Court overturned the ban in August last year and after clearing multiple tests, Maggi was back on stores last November. “What happened, has happened. I don’t think we are going to be obliterated with the memory of what happened for all times to come,” Narayanan said.

 

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