'Patanjali Ghee' under scanner over fungus claims

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Haridwar, Dec 29: Food supply department in Haridwar collects 'desi ghee' sample made by Baba Ramdev's Patanjali after reports of fungus in a bottle.

On Monday, media outlets reported that allegations had been levelled by locals in Haridwar about the presence of fungus in a bottle of ghee.

The samples have been sent to a lab in Rudrapur for further checking. 

Mahima Nand Joshi, district food safety officer-Haridwar, told "We took the samples for testing from Bhadrabad phase II after reports kept on pouring in from various locations about impurity and presence of fungus in it." 

Test reports are expected in a fortnight. The department is also waiting for reports of Patanjali noodles which were sent for testing on December 9.

However, Ramdev aide Balakrishna has outrightly rejected the allegations, "The ghee which is manufactured by us is heated to an optimum temperature due to which the allegation of fungus in the sealed bottle is baseless. These are baseless allegations to malign the reputation of Patanjali."

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