August 12, 2015 / 3:20 PM / 2 years ago

Nestle chairman: lab tests show Maggi safe - paper

Nestle Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe addresses the media during the 148th Annual General Meeting of Nestle in Lausanne, April 16, 2015.Pierre Albouy/Files

ZURICH (Reuters) - Indian authorities have forced Nestle to burn 29,000 tonnes worth of food after Maggi health scare, Chairman Peter Brabeck told a newspaper, dismissing the allegations as unfounded.

"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.

Reporting by Michael Shields, Editing by Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi

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