Alleged irregularities have been found in the labelling of some of the food products marketed by yoga guru Ramdev's Divya Yog Mandir Trust, Haridwar District Magistrate Sachin Kurve said today.
Citing a report of Rudrapur-based Food and Drug Testing Laboratory in this regard, he said irregularities have been found in the labelling of six food products marketed by the Trust.
The alleged regulatory violations by the Trust have been categorised as "misleading" and "misbranding" against labels. However, the Trust has denied the claims.
The six sampled food products in which irregularities have been found are salt, mustard oil, honey, black pepper, pineapple jam and Arogya
Citing the findings of the laboratory, Kurve said, "It states that the product is manufactured elsewhere while claims of purity have been made by brand
Patanjali, which becomes misleading."
A notice is being sent in this regard to the Trust, he said.
However, the report does not comment on the quality of the products and cites only alleged violations of regulatory requirements in their labelling.
State food security department had taken samples of six food products allegedly manufactured and marketed by the Yoga guru's Trust in August and sent them to the
Rudrapur-based food and drug testing laboratory which gave its report yesterday.
However, denying any attempt to mislead the consumers president of Patanjali Ayurved Ltd S K Patra said, "No company manufactures salt. It is made on the sea shore. All companies buy it and then brand it."
Meanwhile, Ramdev claimed the products manufactured by his Trust were 100 per cent authentic and termed the "irregularities" cited by the government as part of a conspiracy malign him.
Claiming the products of his Trust were declared 100 per cent authentic by the government's own agencies in the past, he said "a malicious campaign has been launched against me" in view of proposed countrywide anti-corruption agitation from October 2, the yoga guru told reporters in Haridwar.
He said the Divya Yog Mandir Trust is manufacturing products which match the international standards of quality and have been tested at three prominent government recognised laboratories.
Ramdev said the quality of food products manufactured by his Trust was never in question.
"Questions have been raised over their printing and labelling which cannot be scrutinised as per the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India Act till February, 2013," the yoga guru said.
"This period (till February 2013) has been given to traders by the Government of India itself but it is flouting its own rules to harass and victimise Patanjali Yogpeeth," he alleged.
He said he will take legal recourse against the allegations levelled against his products.
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