Nestle fined Rs 62 lakh for ‘excessive ash’ in Maggi

Nestle fined Rs 62 lakh for ‘excessive ash’ in Maggi

SHAHJAHANPUR: The court of additional district magistrate in Shahjahanpur has imposed a total fine of Rs 62 lakh on consumer goods giant Nestle and its distributors and sellers after a laboratory report confirmed presence of ash content higher than the permissible limit in samples of Maggi noodles, Times of India reported on Wednesday.

Seven samples were collected and sent for testing at a laboratory in Lucknow in 2015 and the report was received in 2016, following which seven cases were lodged at the ADM’s court. Of the total fine, the court has levied Rs 45 lakh on Nestle India, Rs 15 lakh on distributors and Rs 2 lakh each on two sellers. The court order comes after alleged excessive lead content in Maggi created a major controversy in 2015, and the popular noodles brand was banned for five months in the country.