Big Jolt For Patanjali After Army Canteen Withdraw Amla Juice

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Patanjali products were found guilty in violation of sections 52-53 of Food Security norms and section 23.1 (5) of Food safety and Standard (packaging and labelling) regulation. Photo: HT
Patanjali products were found guilty in violation of sections 52-53 of Food Security norms and section 23.1 (5) of Food safety and Standard (packaging and labelling) regulation last year. (File Photo: HT) 

Dehradun, Uttarakhand : The Haridwar based ayurveda firm Patanjali, promoted by the Yoga guru Ramdev, products are now on the edge of citizen’s fidelity. One of the top selling product of Patanjali Amla juice, which has been certified by AYUSH Department in 2009; now has been withdrawn by the Army’s Canteen Stores Department (CSD) due to its failure to clear the test conducted by Public Health Laboratory, West Bengal; reported by Hindustan Times.

Apart from this product, the company have been getting other “adverse feedback” from consumers and retailers; besides that they also have faced the ire of the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI).

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After this biggest jolt, the Canteen Stores Department (CSD) sent samples of ‘Amla Juice’ having index no. 85417 and batch no. GH1502 to the laboratory in Kolkata adding to it, they has suspended the sale of those particular batch and sent a show cause notice to the company to examine the deviations and provide the explanation. The firm put blame on the Uttrakhand government department for their fiasco to provide the quality of the products.

Amla juice is an ayurvedic medicine and not a food product and it should be taken on advice of qualified practitioner and being a proprietary medicine and department should have conducted examination under prescribed (Ayurveda) category and not under food category” an official note of the company said blaming the AYUSH department.

SK Tijarawala, the spokesperson of the Patanjali told the Hindustan times that Ramdev’s brand image is associated with the Patanjali products and there would be no question of our products being inferior in quality.

The AYUSH minister Harak Singh Rawat told that it is wrong of Patanjali to blame the licencing authority for a negative lab report, adding to it the Bharatiya Janta Party and Rawat said that if necessary they will conduct the quality check of all the Patanjali products.

I object raising questions on us. We are licensing authority. Patanjali should have taken care of the quality of the juice. Now, if required, we will conduct quality check (of Patanjali products)” Rawat told media.

With PTI inputs

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