Its India’s Yog Guru Baba Ramdev who has hit the media headlines once again and it not for any good reason. In a recent incident, Ramdev’s Patanjali Amala Juice has been removed from the shelves of the army canteen by the Canteen Stores Department (CSD) since the juice failed to pass the lab test.
However, when contacted by the media, the company tried to evade off from the issue by stating the amla juice is a medicinal product unlike other juices sold in the market and that it is absolutely safe for human consumption.
On the other side, Defence Ministry was taken aback by the result and in its move to take the issue further, it has already served show cause notice to the FMCG company. The test was carried out at West Bengal Public Health Laboratory, Kolkata.
Some of the sources revealed that CSD has followed a prescribed protocol once the test results were out and on the basis of the lab’s outcome, CSD has immediately suspended the sale of the particular batch of the item and sent a show cause notice to the company to examine the deviations and explain about them.
They said ‘further action’ will be taken on receipt of reply from the firm. The CSD had sent samples of 'Amla Juice' having index no. 85417 and batch No. GH1502 to the laboratory in Kolkata, they said.
The Patanjali Ayurveda said its amla juice is an ayurvedic medicine and test on it should be conducted as per the norms of the AYUSH ministry. The firm said norms prescribed by the country's food regulator--Food Safety and Standards Authority of India-- were not applicable to the juice.