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Maggi – the two minutes instant noodles is undoubtedly an all-time favourite of kids across the Northeast along with the rest of the country.

Most of the eateries in the mountainous tourist spots of the Northeast –be it Sikkim or Meghalaya or Arunachal Pradesh serve piping hot Maggi to the tourists – a staple to those regions.

But now people will have to be wary. Parents and guardians have to be extra careful while dishing out the favourite instant noodles to small children.

The multi-national giant Nestle, which is minting in million through their Maggi products have shamelessly admitted on Thursday that the world’s most favourite instant noodles has lead in it.

The matter came to light when the Supreme Court on Thursday took up the Centre’s Rs 640-crore class action suit which was lying dormant for over three years in the National Consumers Forum against Nestle India for selling Maggi allegedly with lead laced.

The apex court on Thursday lifted a stay on the proceedings of the suit filed by the Central Government against the maker of Maggi noodles in the consumer court.

The company on Thursday admitted to the presence of lead in its popular noodles.

The Supreme Court was given this admittance by the lawyers of the company as the case was being heard.

This has clearly paved the way for the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) to continue proceedings against Nestle India, based on the results of tests of Maggi noodle samples conducted by the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) in Mysuru.

Notably, the Supreme Court had stayed NCDRC proceedings against Nestle India in December 2015 and directed the testing of the noodles by CFTRI.

In April, 2016, Nestle cleared all tests and Maggi was declared safe for consumption.

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