Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved has been accused of distributing expired products to people affected by floods in Assam. The Majuli district administration in Assam has launched an investigation into allegations.
According to a local television Time8, several packets of milk powder and juice that Patanjali had handed out to flood victims carried expiry dates of 2016.
“Patanjali has distributed expired/about to be expired food items to flood affected people of Majuli in Assam,” the channel reported. The reports also said that many people have complained about food poisoning after the food products.
In charge of Patanjali Majuli reportedly admitted about the existence of expired food items in the stock, but claimed that those products were not distributed to people affected by the floods.
“When we asked the company’s representative in Majuli, they admitted there were some old products with them, but said those were not been distributed among people affected by the floods,” Majuli deputy commissioner Pallav Gopal Jha told Hindustan Times.
Nearly 80 people have died and more than 71,000 have been affected by floods in the state since 10 August.
However, the district administration refuted local media reports about people falling ill after consuming Patanjali’s old products. It also directed the company to either destroy or hand over the expired products.
The company, which is setting up a mega food park for Rs 1,300 crore in Assam, said it cannot “always control the logistics of transport and distribution and are not responsible if someone other than our representatives indulge in some wrong doing”.
“We distributed the products as a humanitarian cause. No expired products were dispatched. I don't know about the distributors. They may have piled up old stocks and distributed that. Why would we do anything like this,” the company spokesperson S K Tijarawla told the newspaper.