New Delhi, May 30, 2017: In yet another setback for Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved, over 40% of its product were found to be of substandard by Haridwar’s Ayurveda and Unani Office in Uttarakhand.
As per an RTI query, the company’s Divya Amla Juice and Shivlingi Beej failed to meet the quality standards. Out of 82 samples collected between 2013 and 2016, 32 failed the quality test.
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 report mentioned.
“The pH value- which measures the alkalinity of water soluble substances- was found to be less than the prescribed limit in the amla juice. Products with pH value less than seven could lead to acidity and other medical complications,” according to Uttarakhand state government lab report.
The RTI reply also revealed that 31.68% of foreign matter was found in the Shivlingi Beej.
However, Ramdev’s associate and Patanjali’s managing director, Acharya Balkrishna, denied the lab report. “Shivlingi Beej is a natural seed. How can we adulterate it?”, he said and claimed that the report was an attempt to malign Patanjali’s image.
Last month, 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.