Haridwar: It sees that troubles for yoga guru Baba Ramdev are not going to die down in near future. Some of his Patanjali Ayurveda’s food samples including that of salt and mustard oil have failed in tests conducted by the food department.

The food department had collected the samples of salt, mustard oil, spices and pineapple jam after carrying out sudden raids at Patanjali Ayurveda’s outlet in Kankhal on August 16. The samples were then sent to Rudrapur-based Food and Drug Testing Laboratory.

The collected samples were found to be of substandard quality and it has also been found that some of the products were manufactured elsewhere but are being marketed under the ashram’s brand. All the products were charged under misleading and misbranding act. However, the report does not comment on the quality of the products and cites only alleged violations of regulatory requirements in their labelling.

Citing the findings of the laboratory, Haridwar District Magistrate Sachin Kurve said, "It states that the product is manufactured elsewhere while claims of purity have been made by brand Patanjali, which becomes misleading."

After receiving the reports about Patanjali products failing tests, food department sent a notice to Patanjali Yogpeeth and asked for the explanation. According to the rules, Patanjali Yogpeeth has to reply to the notice within 30 days and if they failed to do so the food department can apply for the plea against ashram in ADM court.

The food department official, R S Rawat said that investigation confirmed the misleading and misbranding charges on all six products and served the notice to Patanjali Yogpeeth for the same.

However, denying any attempt to mislead the consumers president of Patanjali Ayurved Ltd S K Patra said, "No company manufactures salt. It is made on the sea shore. All companies buy it and then brand it."


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