Nepal asks Ramdev’s Patanjali to recall six medical products

All medicines mentioned in the notice -- six out of seven from Patanjali -- had failed the microbial tests used to detect bacteria, mould and other toxins.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 23, 2017 5:45 pm
Ramdev, patanjali substandard, nepal department of drug administration Patanjali founder Baba Ramdev performing Yoga in Ahmedabad on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki).

The Nepal Department of Drug Administration has asked Patanjali Ayurved in a public notice to immediately recall the six medical products as they were found to be of “substandard quality”, the Hindustan Times reported. All medicines mentioned in the notice — six out of seven from Patanjali — had failed the microbial tests used to detect bacteria, mould and other toxins. These were: Patanjali’s Amla Churna of batch no AMC 067, Divya Gashar Churna of batch no A-GHCI31, Bahuchi Churna of batch no BKC 011, Triphala Churna of batch no A-TPC151, Aswangandha of batch no AGC 081 and Adviya Churna of batch no DYC 059.

Patanjali’s revenue turnover more than doubled from last year — from Rs 5,000 crore in FY16 to Rs 10,216 crore in FY17. Moreover, the market penetration of Ayurveda or “natural ingredients” products has on the whole increased since Patanjali has been scaling new heights. Ayurvedic products now reach 77 per cent of Indian homes, up from 69 per cent two years ago, according to a recent ET report based on the findings of Kantar Worldpanel, the consumer insights arm of WPP.

In spite of its financial feats, Patanjali’s products have simultaneously and variously been found guilty of violating food safety regulations and advertising codes in the past:

–    A recent RTI reply revealed that nearly 40 per cent of Ayurveda products (32 out of 82 samples), among them Patanjali’s Divyangi Amla juice and Shivlingi beej, were found to be substandard by Haridwar’s Ayurveda and Unani office.

–    Patanjali’s Amla juice had also been suspended by the armed forces’ Canteen Stores Department (CSD) in April after it failed the quality test at a Public Health Laboratory in Kolkata.  

–    Factly reported in January this year that 25 out of 33 complaints registered against advertisements of Patanjali products in various sectors such as Food and Beverages, Personal care, Health care etc, between April 2015 and July 2016, were found to be in violation of the ASCI (Advertising Standards Council of India) code for making misleading, false and unsubstantiated claims.

–    In December 2016, a Haridwar court had slapped five production units of Patanjali Ayurved with a fine of Rs 11 lakh for “misbranding and putting up misleading advertisements” of their products. The company had been found guilty of outsourcing the products that it claimed to have manufactured in its own units.

–    In April 2016, Patanjali aata noodles were found to be substandard since they contained three times more ash than the acceptable limit. In the same month, Patanjali’s desi ghee was also found to contain artificial colour.

–    As early as in 2012, a case had been filed in the court against Patanjali by the District Food Safety Department after samples of mustard oil, salt, pineapple jam, besan and honey produced by Patanjali had failed quality tests at a laboratory in Rudrapur, Uttarakhand. The products were found to be in violation of sections 52-53 of Food Security norms and section 23.1 (5) of Food safety and Standard (packaging and labelling) regulation.

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  1. P
    Jun 25, 2017 at 6:54 am
    It's a planned game by alopathic mafia because their products now going to down. and foreign companies also playing foolish drama in india.
    1. Y
      Jun 24, 2017 at 10:39 pm
      Substandard products from a substandard yogi
      1. O
        Jun 24, 2017 at 6:15 pm
        Nice lovers
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          Katta Reddy
          Jun 24, 2017 at 4:44 pm
          Is it a game played by allopathic MNCs and TOI hand in glove with them for mutual benefit to defame ayurveda products. Even US snd other europe countres adversely reacted to some drugs of Ranbaxy Reddys etc. It is routine for any company and need nit blownup with a trumpet.
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            Shyamal Ganguly
            Jun 24, 2017 at 4:13 pm
            There is a term PROBIOTIC. There are some bacteria which are good for the body. They help digestion and prevent disease. 100 sanitation of ayurvedic drugs and health food will no be possible as their source is mother nature. There is a conspiracy of MNCs against PATANJALI b of products. Be aware!!!
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              Fekuchand fenydas
              Jun 24, 2017 at 1:28 pm
              Baba Ramdev is a well qualified vastly experienced naturalist . His Patanjali Products r being sold like hot cakes. He enjoys patronage of Feku. That is enough to boast the quality of the products. Nepal is not getting along well with Feku's policies. That is why Nepal raises doubts about Patangali.
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                  Adam Graham
                  Jun 23, 2017 at 11:03 pm
                  Closely examine the jurisdiction of these so called complaints and you unravel the anatomy of a systematic witch hunt that has political overtones. Patanjali is virtually in the eye of a consumer hurricane that is greatly depleting the treasuries of multinationals that till yesterday were enjoying a field vacation purveying a myriad clutch of dubious products, their supremacy unchallenged. Consumers are not as foolish as we would imagine them to be. Quality matters and if the quality is not visible in any product the market rejects that product outright. Vox populi is the only answer to manufactured controversies.
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                    Prem Silhi
                    Jun 24, 2017 at 12:00 am
                    Mudslinging and character assassination have always been the favorite political tools of anti-India crooks.
                    1. D
                      Jun 24, 2017 at 2:03 am
                      Well you can keep using Patanjali products, especially Babaji's beej.
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