Nestle says it plans to resume sales of noodles in India after labs found them safe

Food and beverage giant Nestle says it plans to resume selling its highly popular instant noodles in India after new lab tests found that lead levels did not exceed permissible limits.

In June, India's Health Ministry ordered the removal of Nestle noodles from stores after safety tests by several states found high levels of lead. Nestle challenged the accuracy of the tests.

The Bombay High Court ruled in August that Nestle could resume making and selling the noodles in six weeks if new tests showed they were safe.

Nestle said Friday that results from all three Indian laboratories designated by the court showed that lead levels in the earlier stocks were acceptable. It said it would start selling newly produced noodles after they also are cleared by the labs.