The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on Tuesday directed manufacturers to fully withdraw "Mulmin vitamin drops", prescribed usually for one-year-old children, from the market .
In a notice issued on June 19 to the company, the FSSAI asked the manufacturers to stop the manufacture, sale, distribution and import of Mulmin drops and directed the company to recall existing products from the market with immediate effect.
According to the FSSAI, the scientific panel for functional foods, nutraceuticals and dietetic products, had earlier asked the company to submit safety information, levels of minerals and the rationale for "pine bar" addition to the product.
Significantly, the panel which considered the application along with the information supplied by the company recently observed that the applicant had reduced the composition of ingredients. Moreover, experts also noticed that the company had reduced certain nutrients like zinc in the process.
It was observed that the product, which is meant for children of one year age, when used without supervision raises "safety concerns" for the younger children.
Accordingly, the scientific panel recommended "rejection of the product" with immediate effect, noting that the product is a combination of synthetic vitamins and minerals.
"The panel noted that the Mulmin Drops was meant for children of one year and observed that unsupervised use of the product may cause health problems among infants," FSSAI director (product approval) Sandhya Kabra told IANS.
A no-objection certificate (NoC) had been issued by the FSSAI for the drops in 2012 for a period of one year. The scientific panel later asked the firm to declare ingredients as per serving size and to revise the label declaration in order to be compliant with food labelling regulations.
However, keeping in view the changes made by the company in the product, the FSSAI withdrew the NoC.
The FSSAI has also asked for recall of all the existing products from the market, citing that it does not recommend approval of the product.