The Maggi-ban saga is not about to end anytime soon. The NCDRC, the apex consumer court of the country, has directed another round of testing..In all 13 out of 25 samples produced by the Union (the rest were rejected by Nestle due to damage) will be sent for analysis on whether the instant noodles had presence of lead and MSG..The interim order was passed after two consecutive hearings by the Court, means that the Bench has not agreed with Nestle’s argument that questioned the need for fresh tests when the same had been settled by the Bombay High Court..In order to ensure utmost transparency and fairness to the testing procedure, the Bench of Justice VK Jain and Dr. BC Gupta further directed that the said noodle samples were to be placed in a sealed box, and sent through a “personal messenger” to the Central Food Technological Research Institute situated in Mysore..“It is directed that the 13 samples be kept in a sealed box which will be sealed by the Registrar of this Court under his signature…..….said analysis is to be done on the noodles and taste-maker separately. Presently we leave it appropriate to appoint a Local Commissioner to visit the godown, where the packets seazed by FSSAI from Nestle’s godown, have been stored and prepare a list of the batch numbers of the packets. Nestle is also directed to file a list of batch numbers of samples that have already been sent to the lab for analysis as per the order of the Bombay High Court. .The Bench also granted time till October 26 for Nestle to file their reply to the original complaint, much to the chagrin of ASG Sanjay Jain who ensured that his displeasure of repeated extensions of time taken by Nestle was taken on record..Earlier in the day, Jain had argued that the controversy which arose before the Bombay High Court was totally different insofar as it dealt with the findings and challenge thereto, on the findings of different adjudicatory authorities..When the Bench asked Nestle to consider the proposal of carrying out fresh tests, Jain submitted that it was “irrelevant whether Nestle agreed or disagreed to fresh testing” as that power to send samples to the FSSAI was sui generis to this forum..The matter will now be heard on November 23.