This extension comes in regard to the prohibition the state had imposed in May 2020, in the interest of public health
On May 31, 2021, the Jharkhand government extended the prohibition on production, storage, sale, or distribution of 11 brands of Pan Masala in the state for the next year.
This extension comes in regard to the prohibition the state had imposed in May 2020, in the interest of public health.
The pan masala brands banned and specifically named in the notification are – Shikhar, Pan Parag, Dilruba, Rajnigandha, Musafir, Madhu, Rajniwas, Bahar, Sehrat, Bimal and Pan Parag Premium.
During the year 2019-20, 41 samples of pan masalas of different brands were collected from multiple districts of Jharkhand for testing and analysis under the provisions of the Food Safety Standards Act. The samples were found to be containing magnesium carbonate as an ingredient.
The government stated that scientific research shows how prolonged consumption could cause hyper magnesia and even cardiac arrest and that the decision was taken to improve public health.
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