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Irregularities in Ramdev's food products labelling

PTI  Dehradun, September 26, 2012
First Published: 14:11 IST(26/9/2012) | Last Updated: 14:17 IST(26/9/2012)

Alleged irregularities have been found in the labelling of some of the food products marketed by yoga guru Ramdev's Divya Yog Mandir Trust, Haridwar District Magistrate Sachin Kurve said today.

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Citing a report of Rudrapur-based Food and Drug Testing Laboratory in this regard, he said irregularities have been found in the labelling of six food products marketed by the Trust.

The alleged regulatory violations by the Trust have been categorised as "misleading" and "misbranding" against labels. However, the Trust has denied the claims.

The six sampled food products in which irregularities have been found are salt, mustard oil, honey, black pepper, pineapple jam and Arogya Besan.

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

A notice is being sent in this regard to the Trust, he said.

However, the report does not comment on the quality of the products and cites only alleged violations of regulatory requirements in their labelling.

State food security department had taken samples of six food products allegedly manufactured and marketed by the Yoga guru's Trust in August and sent them to the Rudrapur-based food and drug testing laboratory which gave its report yesterday.

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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