A day after the reports emerged that the Ministry of Defence's canteen stores department suspended the sale of Patanjali Ayurved's amla juice after receiving an adverse state-laboratory report, Baba Ramdev's Patanjali Ayurved said its amla juice is a medicinal product and is safe for consumption.
It was reported that the CSD's decision to remove amla juice from all its depots was based on the report given by the Central Food Lab in Kolkata that found it to be 'unfit for consumption'.
However, Patanjali Ayurveda has now clarified that its amla juice is an ayurvedic medicine and test on it should be conducted as per the norms of the AYUSH ministry. The Ayurved firm said norms prescribed by the country's food regulator - Food Safety and Standards Authority of India - were not applicable to the juice.
Speaking to the Mint on the issue, Patanjali Ayurved spokesperson said: "It comes under the purview of the Ministry of AYUSH. The test conducted by the Central Food Laboratory in Kolkata was done following the standards set by FSSAI. Our amla juice is a medicinal product and is safe for consumption."