Noida: Patanjali store shut for not having licence, food samples seized
Manager of the Patanjali mega store, said the employees were not aware of the lack of food licence.noida Updated: Jan 20, 2018 21:12 IST
The food safety and drugs administration department of Gautam Budh Nagar has shut a Patanjali mega store in Noida on Saturday for failing to procure a food licence.
Two samples of coconut oil and energy bar have been seized by the officials for further testing and the store has been shut until it procures a licence from the food department.
The inspection was done by the officials on Friday afternoon. The Patanjali mega store is located in the community market of Sector 110 in Noida and it offered a variety of Patanjali branded food and lifestyle products. It store has been operating for the past three months.
“When we inspected the store, we found that it was being run without a proper licence from the food department. We have sealed the shop and it cannot operate unless it procures a fresh licence from us,” said Sanjay Sharma, designated officer, food safety and drugs administration department, Gautam Budh Nagar.
Explaining the process for procuring a licence, Sharma said, “Every dealer who sells food products has to procure a licence from the food Department and it is illegal to run a store without it. Procuring a licence is easy as the form is available online on our website and the fee is only Rs 2,000 per year.”
“We suspect that the products can be of dubious quality and, hence, we seized two products. The samples have been sent to Lucknow for tests and it usually takes 30-40 days for the results to come out. Appropriate action will be taken if there is any disparity is found in the lab test,” Sharma said.
Sonu Goswami, manager of the Patanjali mega store, said the employees were not aware of the lack of food licence.
“These procedures are usually done at a senior level and we were not aware of it. This is a new store and it has hardly been three months since we opened shop. We requested the officials that if they had any doubt about the products, then they should take the sample from the manufacturing factory of Patanjali and not from the store, but they did not listen to us. Now, we have applied for a licence and, hopefully, the store will open again soon,” Goswami said.