Food and Drugs Administration, Haryana, raided a shop in the rehri market of Sector 9 and seized samples of nicotine-laced tooth powder called 'Mussa ka Gul,' here on Wednesday.
Mussa ka Gul is primarily used as tooth powder, said Narender Ahuja Vivek, assistant state drug controller, Haryana.
He added, "The ingredients on the product mentioned that it contained tobacco/nicotine. The central government had banned the use of tobacco/nicotine in 1992. The product did not have a manufacturing date, batch number and manufacturing license number."
The use of nicotine/tobacco in tooth powder causes mouth cancer. "The samples have been sent to our laboratory in Chandigarh for testing," he said.
"After the confirmation of tobacco/nicotine, we have decided to register a case under section 284 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for negligent conduct to use of poisonous substance. Besides, relevant sections of Drugs and Cosmetic Act and Poisons Act will also be slapped," said Vivek.
The department also seized samples of electronic-cigarettes from Bhardwaj Watch, located in the same market. "This product named as e-health cigarettes does not have an expiry date, license and batch number, and manufacturer's name.
It looks like the manufacturer knew that the product could not be sold, therefore, important details are avoided. If the lab test confirms presence of nicotine, we will register a case under Drugs and Cosmetic Act, Poisons Act, and also under section 284 of the IPC," Vivek said.