Nestle chairman Peter Brabeck on Wednesday dismissed all allegations made by India as unfounded and said the government had forced the company to burn 29,000 tonnes worth of food after Maggi health scare.
"Laboratories in the United States, Britain, Australia and Singapore did not find anything harmful in the noodles. Our products are safe for consumers," he was quoted as saying by Swiss paper Handelszeitung in an advance summary of a story. He said the Indian case was "not harmless and not to be underestimated."
The government has filed a lawsuit against Nestle's Indian unit, seeking 6.4 billion rupees in damages on behalf of consumers after the country's worst packaged food scare in a decade.
The US health regulator, USFDA, has given a clean chit to Maggi noodles, saying its tests have found the lead level in the popular instant food within acceptable levels for US consumers, even as the Nestle product continues to be banned in India.