New Delhi, May 30: Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved have once again hit the headlines after a recent lab test revealed that two of its products failed to meet the quality standards. As per a recent RTI query, Patanjali’s Divya Amla Juice and female infertility drug Shivlingi Beej were found below standards. However, Patanjali’s managing director and Ramdev’s close aide Acharya Balkrishna rubbished all the claims and said that the lab report wasn’t true. Denying all the allegations on Patanjali’s products, Balkrishna said that the Shivlingi Beej is a natural seed and cannot be adulterated. He said, “Shivlingi Beej is a natural seed. How can we adulterate it?”.  Balkrishna further mentioned that the lab report was an attempt to malign Patanjali’s image.Also Read - Boost Your Metabolism And Lose Weight With This Easy-to-Make Amla Juice

As per recent reports, about 31.68% of foreign matter was found in Shivlingi Beej whereas Patanjali’s Divya Amla Juice, which was recently banned in Army canteens, had less than the prescribed limit of pH value. In April, the Canteen Stores Department, the retailing entity selling consumer goods to armed forces suspended sale of a batch of Patanjali Ayurveda’s amla juice after it was unable to clear a laboratory test. The hill state of Uttarakhand has now become a hub of Ayurved where Haridwar and Rishikesh have more than 1,000 dealers and manufacturers Ayurveda medicines. Also Read - Baba Ramdev Moves SC Seeking Stay on Multiple FIRs Against Him For Remarks Over Allopathy

Besides Patanjali products, 18 samples of Ayurveda drugs such as Avipattikara Churna, Talisadya Churna, Pushyanuga Churna, Lavan Bhaskar Churna, Yograj Guggulu, Laksha Guggulu were also found substandard, a report by Hindustan Times mentioned. By using the tagline of “Swadeshi,” Patanjali has managed to achieve immense popularity among Indian households in just a few years. This year Patanjali Ayurved’s annual turnover for FY 2016-2017 stood at Rs 10,561 crore. During the press meet, Ramdev and Balkrishna pegged the company’s growth and revealed that Patanjali was looking at a growth rate of 100% for FY 2017-’18.  Ramdev exuded confidence that Patanjali will be the largest brand in India within 1-2 years. Also Read - After Bhutan, Now Nepal Stops Distribution Of Coronil Kits Gifted By Patanjali Group

Patanjali has been in controversy for a number of reasons. As per replies on Quora, it has been revealed that in April this year, aata (flour) noodles sold by Patanjali were found to be sub-standard since they contained three times more ash than the acceptable limit.  Also, desi ghee sold by Patanjali was found to contain artificial colour.

In 2012, a case was filed by the District Food Safety Department after samples of mustard oil, salt, pineapple jam, besan and honey produced by Patanjali had failed quality tests at Rudrapur laboratory. The products were found to be in violation of Sections 52-53 of Food Security norms and Section 23.1 (5) of Food Safety and Standard (packaging and labelling) regulation, a report by The Indian Express said. Many of the tests of Patanjali products have disagreed sometimes and has tainted its image in the market.  In December 2016,  Patanjali Ayurved was fined of Rs 11 lakh for misbranding and putting up misleading advertisements of their product. A local court in Haridwar slapped five production units of the FMCG firm.

Earlier this month, while announcing the annual turnover, Ramdev said the firm will cross Rs 20,000-25,000 crore in sales this financial year. With such a massive victory, Ramdev’s Patanjali group has become the third-largest FMCG player in the country which has conveniently surpassed other major competitive firms like Nestlé India (Rs 9,159 crore) and Godrej Consumer (Rs 9,134 crore) and Dabur (Rs 7691 crore).