The fiasco over the safety of Maggi noodles gives rise to concerns about regulatory ambiguity, process and power. Vandana Chatlani reports

Adecision by Bombay High Court to lift bans on Nestlé India’s Maggi brand noodles has given the company hope for an end to a period of intense media and regulatory scrutiny. But it may be too early for the company to celebrate, as the bans were to remain in place for six weeks until further testing ordered by the high court has been conducted. “We will comply with the order to undertake fresh tests … we remain committed to working with all stakeholders,” the company tweeted on 13 August.

If the government labs do not have complete visibility then how can Nestlé and the like be expected to have clarity?

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