Court summons Patanjali chairman Balkrishna as company’s cow milk fails food safety test

Court has issued summons to Patanjali’s chairman Balkrishna (Patanjali chairman Balkrishna) and six others. The notice has been issued because the company’s product pasteurized cow milk has failed the test.

According to a report in the Indian Express, Patanjali’s pasteurized cow’s milk has failed in the food safety test conducted by the Food Safety Department of the Delhi government.

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According to the report, the sample was found to be misbranded as it violates the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 and other food safety laws. According to the latest order, Balkrishna will now have to appear in the court on October 29.

The product’s labeling (pasteurized cow’s milk) claims that “It is fortifying, beneficial to the aging, anti-fatigue. Also strengthens bones and strengthens teeth.”

Under the Food Safety Act, 2006, the report states that these claims come under medical claims, which are not allowed as per the food safety and standards.

The other nine accused include Patanjali Ayurved Limited’s supplier company, Patanjali Ayurved Limited Marketing Company, Lakhan Basista, Vikas Bajaj, Harbaldeep Singh Hansra, Swami Mukta Nand, Abhishek Kumar Singh, Dhan Singh Verma and Solitaire Foods Private Limited.

Meanwhile, Basista and Hansra got bail on surety surety of Rs 15,000. In May 2019, officials tested the company’s pasteurized cow milk and filed a complaint in the court.

The complainants said that such a claim is in violation of several provisions of sections 26, 31, 52 and 63 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.

Patanjali chairman Balkrishna

The court later took cognizance of the matter and issued summons to Balakrishna. However, in the year 2020, the matter was postponed due to the Covid lockdown. Later in March, the court summoned Balakrishna again.

“There is prima facie material sufficient to proceed against the accused on the basis of the complaint and other documents,” the court order said.

Let us tell you that a month ago, SEBI, which regulates the stock market, had issued a notice to Ruchi Soya, the company of yoga guru Ramdev. In the notice, Sebi asked Ruchi Soya to explain why yoga guru Ramdev violated regulatory norms. Ramdev’s Patanjali had acquired Ruchi Soya in the year 2019 through insolvency process. This company is listed on the stock exchange.

In fact, during a yoga session aired on Aastha TV, yoga guru Ramdev was seen urging people to invest in Ruchi Soya’s stock. Along with this, Ramdev also said some such things in the video, which are suspicious in the eyes of SEBI. After the same video clip went viral, capital markets regulator SEBI had issued notice to Ruchi Soya.

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