Mumbai, May 29: In another major setback for Baba Ramdev’s fastest growing firm Patanjali Ayurved, its Divya Amla Juice and Shivlingi Beej have failed the quality test in Uttarakhand. As per an RTI query, the company’s Amla Juice and Shivlingi Beej failed to meet the quality standards. A total of 82 samples have been collected between 2013 and 2016 out of which 32 failed the quality test. The Divya Amla Juice and Shivlingi Beej were among the products that failed to meet the quality standards, a report by Hindustan Times reported. Apart from Patanjali products, 18 other samples of Ayurveda drugs such as Avipattikara Churna, Talisadya Churna, Pushyanuga Churna, Lavan Bhaskar Churna, Yograj Guggulu, Laksha Guggulu were also found substandard, the HT report mentioned.Also Read - Religious Leader Yati Narsinghanand Arrested For Haridwar 'Dharm Sansad' Hate Speeches
Claimed as the most trusted and healthy brand, the report further revealed that about 31.68% of foreign matter was found in Patanjalis’s Shivlingi Beej whereas amla juice had less than the prescribed limit of pH value. A Right to Information (RTI) reply was quoted by Hindustan Times saying that nearly 40% of Ayurveda products that included items from Patanjali, were found to be of substandard quality by Haridwar’s Ayurveda and Unani Office. Uttarakhand state government lab report stated that the pH value of Patanjali Amla Juice was found to be less than the prescribed limit which is believed to cause acidity and other medical problems. The RTI report mentioned that 31.68% of foreign matter was found in the Shivlingi Beej. Also Read - Haridwar Hate Speech Row: Wasim Rizvi Alias Jitendra Tyagi Arrested by Uttarakhand Police
Acharya Balkrishna, Ramdev’s close aid and Patanjali’s managing director denied the lab report and claimed that Shivlingi Beej was a natural seed. In April, the Canteen Stores Department which is the retailing entity selling consumer goods to armed forces suspended sale of a batch of Patanjali Ayurveda’s amla juice after it “failed” to clear a laboratory test. The firm however said the amla juice is a medicinal product unlike other juices sold in the market and that it is absolutely safe for human consumption. Amla Juice was one of the Patanjali’s first consumer launches that helped establish the firm’s name in the Indian market and in foreign countries. Also Read - Hate Speech Row: Supreme Court Issues Notice To Uttarakhand Government, Seeks Reply Within 10 Days
In December 2016, a local court in Haridwar slapped the five production units of Patanjali Ayurved with a fine of Rs 11 lakh for “misbranding and putting up misleading advertisements” of their products. The court said that the products being shown by the company as produced at its own units were in fact manufactured somewhere else. The laboratory tests of Patanjali products have disagreed sometimes, which stained its brand image. After samples of mustard oil, salt, pineapple jam, besan and honey produced by Patanjali had failed quality tests at Rudrapur laboratory, a case was filed in the court against the company in 2012 by the District Food Safety Department.