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Mumbai: Nestle India Ltd on Tuesday asked the Bombay high court for more time to reply to the Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) affidavit in the ongoing Maggi noodles case.

The two-judge bench of V.M. Kanade and B.P. Colabawala will hear the matter on 17 July. This will be the final hearing, said the bench.

Nestle India on 11 June had filed a case in the court seeking review of orders passed by Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) banning sale, distribution and production of Maggi.

This was the third hearing in the case, which was first heard on 12 June. At the second hearing on 30 June, the bench had passed an order to allow Nestle to sell the product abroad even as it stood by the decision to ban nine variants of the snack in India.

However, FSSAI counsel Mahmood Pracha, who had suggested that the Indian arm of the Swiss food and beverage company should be allowed to export Maggi instead of incinerating the noodles, objected to the company manufacturing fresh products for exports. He said export should be allowed only to the stock, which was to be destroyed.

According to him, the company is burning Maggi noodles and destroying all evidence as the recalled stock of Maggi is unsafe for consumption. The recall order by FSSAI did not state that Maggi should be destroyed, said Pracha.

However, the bench did not give any new direction on the matter and said that all the arguments will be heard on Friday.

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