Maggi factory workers rejoice as samples clear tests mandated by Bombay HC


NAINITAL: With Nestle India issuing a statement on Friday saying that Maggi samples had cleared the tests conducted by three laboratories as mandated by the Bombay High Court, and the organization will soon “commence production in their plants”, the news was greeted with joy by the over 1,100 contractual workers and those associated with the production of the 2-minute noodle at the Nestle plant in Rudrapur. “It seems that our woes will come to an end soon. We were able to earn between Rs 8,000 to 12,000 per month while working in the factory. Since its closure, it has become very difficult to make ends meet,” said Virendra Singh, a former contractual worker.
The 30-day extended ban on Maggi had ended in the first week of October, but no decision has been taken yet by the state government on extending or ending the ban in the state. Nestle representatives, when contacted, said that “they were in consultation with their legal cell about the sale of the product in the hill state.” “In compliance with the orders of the honourable Bombay high court, we will now commence manufacture and will start selling only after the newly manufactured products are also cleared by the designated three laboratories. We are committed to reintroduce our beloved Maggi noodles at the earliest,” said a company representative.
The news of Maggi production restarting was also welcomed by residents and shopkeepers. Sameer Saah, a resident of Nainital, said, “I have literally grown up eating Maggi. Because of the ongoing controversy, I have missed eating the noodles. Hopefully, we will have the product back on shelves in a better form soon.”