Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Government recalls 6 Patanjali products

On the International Yoga day, the government has recalled six products of Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev's Patanjali pharmacy as they failed microbial tests.
The Department of Drug Administration (DDA) – in a public notice – said six Ayurvedic medical products manufactured by Divya Pharmacy in Uttarakhand, were found to be substandard during inspections at various outlets and tests on specimens. The drug authority has recalled six products, Triphala Churna, Adviya Churna and Aswangandha. Amla Churna, Divya Divya Gashar Churna, Bahuchi Churna. All these Patanjali products were manufactured at Divya Pharmacy in Uttarakhand.
"The batch of medicine which was inspected by the department are found to have contained pathogenic bacteria," an official of the Department said, urging the stakeholders not to sell or prescribe the use of these six medicines with immediate effect.
The drug authority has asked the Patanjali Ayurveda unit in Nepal to inform them about steps being taken to recall the products in line with medicine laws.
Earlier, Indian Army has also stopped sale of Patanjali's Amla juice across its canteens, Canteen Stores Department, after it received negative test report on samples it had sent to Food Safety Standards Authority of India laboratory. The 'unsafe' Amla juice exposes defence personnel to certain health risks, according to the reports
Also in 2016, a PIL in Gujarat High Court had sought ban on the sale of shilajeet – a product used to enhance sexual prowess – by Yoga guru Baba Ramdev's Patanjali brand of medicines. The PIL was filed on the ground that selling a product like shilajeet under the brand name of Patanjali, who is a very revered saint for the Hindus, hurts religious sentiments. However, the PIL was withdrawn later.
According to Patanjali Ayurveda Kendra in Kathmandu – the sole distributor of the products in Nepal – the medicines have not been banned but restriction was imposed on the sale and use of certain batch of the medicines that failed lab test. "We will immediately recall the medicines, if found substandard," an official at the Patanjali Ayurveda Kendra said.