Yoga guru Baba Ramdev may have breathed a sigh of relief after the Uttarakhand High Court granted bail to his trusted lieutenant Acharya Balkrishna on Thursday. But Ramdev is all set to face a new problem as one of his units in Haridwar has come under the scanner of the Food Safety and Standards Department. Sleuths of the department raided the Kankhal-based unit and collected samples of various food items being sold under the brand name of Patanjali.
A five-member team of the department raided Baba Ramdev’s Divya Yog Pharmacy in Kankhal area here on Thursday morning. The team collected samples of various food items manufactured in the unit. These samples, said officials, have been sent to the Government food and drugs laboratory in Rudrapur.
While confirming the raids to The Pioneer, Haridwar Food Safety Officer, Yogendra Pandey said, “We have collected a total of five samples from the unit. These samples have been sent to government laboratory in Rudrapur for testing and we are waiting for the report.”
Sources said that officials collected samples of salt, black pepper power, mustard oil, lichi sauce and almond oil from the unit. While officials refused to comment on the reasons behind the raids calling them ‘routine checking’, sources said that the action was a fall-out of several complaints against Baba Ramdev’s products being sold in the country under the brand name of Patanjali.
However, officials added that strict actions, including revocation of manufacturing licence, can be taken against the unit if the products are not found as per the standards of the department. “It may take more than a month for the lab to send us the testing report of the samples collected from the unit,” Pandey added.
Src: Daily pioneer